Y.H. Fang

Yonsei University, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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Publications (7)9.72 Total impact

  • J.I. Lee · J.Y. Kim · H.W. Kim · S.J. Bae · D.J. Joo · K.H. Huh · Y.H. Fang · J.H. Jeong · M.S. Kim · Y.S. Kim ·
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    ABSTRACT: Encapsulation of transplanted cells within an immunoisolating membrane may provide a new strategy for protecting these cells from recipient immune responses without the use of immunosuppressive drugs. We have previously reported a novel concept of immunoisolation and immunodelusion using recipient cells instead of traditional artificial materials. We developed a chondrocyte sheeting immunodelusive immunoisolated bioartificial pancreas (CSI-BAP) that would enable transplantation of cells across allogeneic and xenogeneic barriers without the cells being recognized as donor cells and without the need for immunosuppression. Recently, we have constructed hybrid cellular spheroids (HCSs) containing cells from two different cell lines (RIN-5F, an insulin-secreting cell line, and Hep-G2, a hepatocellular carcinoma cell line) to enhance the function and biocompatibility of the HCSs. These HCSs were then encapsulated with multiple layers of chondrocyte sheets obtained from the auricular cartilage of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The in vitro ability of the CSI-BAP to secrete insulin was tested before transplantation. Histological evaluation of CSI-BAP chondrocyte microencapsulated immunoisolated islet morphology and viability of allogeneic or xenogeneic cell lines was performed 100 days after the CSI-BAP was transplanted into SD rats. Morphological evaluations revealed good viability of the islets and progression of islet encapsulation. In vitro insulin secretion from the CSI-BAP was well maintained. Additionally, insulin and albumin secretion from the CSI-BAP was confirmed by in vivo immunohistochemical examination. Moreover, the cell lines transplanted into the subcutaneous space in the form of HCSs within the chondrocyte sheets showed good viability of more than 100 days and sustained insulin and albumin secreting ability.
    Transplantation Proceedings 05/2012; 44(4):1162-5. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.02.017 · 0.98 Impact Factor
  • J.I. Lee · H.W. Kim · J.Y. Kim · S.J. Bae · D.J. Joo · K.H. Huh · Y.H. Fang · J.H. Jeong · M.S. Kim · Y.S. Kim ·
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    ABSTRACT: Improving human islet transplantation is often limited by the shortage of donors and the side effects of immunosuppressive agents. If immunoisolation is properly used, it can overcome these obstacles. Because artificial materials are adopted in this technique, however, there are still multiple issues with biocompatibility and foreign body reactions. We developed a chondrocyte microencapsulated immunoisolated islet (CMI-islet) that allows living cells to act as the immunoisolating material. To manufacture CMI-islets for xenotransplantation, isolated rat pancreatic islets were placed on low cell-binding culture dishes. Subsequently, expanded canine auricular cartiage primary cells were seeded on these dishes at a high density and maintained in a suspended state via a shaking culture system. Morphological evaluations showed good islet viability and a clear progression of the islet- encapsulation events. When the cells were challenged with glucose, they were able to secrete sufficient insulin according to glucose concentrations. The CMI-islets responded better to the glucose challenge than did nude pancreatic islets and created better glucose-insulin feedback regulation. Moreover, insulin secretion into the culture medium was confirmed over a period of 100 days, showing the survival and secretory capacity of the CMI-islet cells. By microencapsulating pancreatic islets with recipient ear cartilage cells, long-term insulin secretion can be maintained and the response to glucose challenges improved. This new immunodelusion technology differs from other immunoisolation techniques in that the donor tissue is enclosed with the recipient's tissue, thus allowing the transplanted cells to be recognized as recipient cells. This microencapsulation method may lead to developing viable xenotransplantation techniques that do not use immunosuppressive drugs.
    Transplantation Proceedings 05/2012; 44(4):1091-4. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.02.015 · 0.98 Impact Factor
  • J.Y. Kim · H.W. Kim · S.J. Bae · D.J. Joo · K.H. Huh · Y.H. Fang · Y Cho · J.H. Jeong · Y.S. Kim · J.I. Lee ·
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    ABSTRACT: During islet transplantation into the portal vein of the liver, the islet cells are expected to have complex interactions with hepatocytes. However, the mechanism underlying this interaction is not yet understood. Hence, we developed cellular complexes containing a mixture of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line (Hep-G2) and rat insulin-secreting cell line (RIN-5F) by using a co-culture model and studied the function and morphology of the resultant hybrid cellular spheroids (HCSs). The RIN-5F and Hep-G2 cells were suspension cultured and, within 5 days of culture, the two types of cells aggregated to yield spheroids. The functionality of the thus formed HCSs was evaluated by measuring the levels of insulin and albumin in the culture supernatant. The HCSs retained their insulin- and albumin-secreting ability and their morphology, as revealed by immunohistological staining. The insulin and albumin levels secreted by the HCSs were considerably higher than those secreted by spheroids of single-cell origin. Generally, obtaining complexes from more than two types of cells is difficult. However, we were able to generate HCSs. We believe that this culture method could have various applications such as studying the in vitro cell-cell interactions and developing new cell transplantation models.
    Transplantation Proceedings 05/2012; 44(4):1095-8. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.02.016 · 0.98 Impact Factor
  • D.J. Joo · J.Y. Kim · J.I. Lee · Y.S. Kim · Y.H. Fang · J.H. Jeong · M.S. Kim · K.H. Huh ·
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    ABSTRACT: Although Islet cell isolation and culture have been well developed, there has been little progress to prolong transplanted islet survival. Hepatic ischemia and insufficient neovascularization of islets are considered to be the barriers to long-term survival, Hepatocytes that survive ischemic injury have been reported to protect themeslves and regenerate using the IL-6 interleukin 6 and STAT3 pathways. The hepatocellular carcinoma (Hep-G2) cell line preconditioned for 0, 2, 4, 6, and 24 hours in a hypoxic chamber, was cocultured with rat insulin-secreting celline (RIN-5F) cells. We measured cell viabilities, insulin secretion, and p-STAT3, IL-6, and NF-κB levels. Cocultured Hep-G2 and RIN-5F cells aggregated to form spheroids. Viabilities of Hep-G2 cells were no different after various ischemic preconditioning times, but insulin secretion increased in a time-dependent fashion with preconditioning. Western blotting showed p-STAT3, NF-κB, and IL-6 levels to increase with preconditioning time. The IL-6/STAT3 pathway of Hep-G2 cells after ischemic injury showed beneficial effects on insulin secretion of RIN-5f cells cocultured with themselves.
    Transplantation Proceedings 05/2012; 44(4):1099-103. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.02.024 · 0.98 Impact Factor
  • J. Y. Kim · J. I. Lee · K. H. Huh · Y. Cho · Y. H. Fang · J. H. Jeong · Y. S. Kim ·

    Transplantation 07/2010; 90. DOI:10.1097/00007890-201007272-00864 · 3.83 Impact Factor
  • Y.H. Fang · D.J. Joo · B.J. Lim · J.Y. Kim · M.S. Kim · H.J. Jeong · Y.S. Kim ·
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    ABSTRACT: Inhibition of T-cell activation is the most efficient way to prevent transplant rejection. Protein kinase C (PKC) is an important signaling enzyme in the activation and regulation of T lymphocytes. AEB-071 (AEB) is a low-molecular-weight compound that blocks early T-cell activation via selective inhibition of PKC, a mechanism that differs from that of the calcineurin inhibitors. The present study sought to compare the effects of AEB versus tacrolimus (Tac) to prevent acute rejection in rats that had undergone heterotopic heart transplantation. We investigated the Brown Norway-Lewis rat strain combination for cardiac graft survival over 30 days after transplantation using varying doses of oral AEB and Tac monotherapy. Grafts were monitored by daily palpation; cessation of palpable ventricular contraction was considered to be rejection. Apart from necropsy, we performed histologic examinations of cardiac graft at 7 days after transplantation. In untreated recipients, allograft mean survival times (MST) was 6.83+/-0.41 days. AEB at 15, 30, or 60 mg/kg versus Tac at 1.2 mg/kg significantly prolonged graft survival to a MST of 12.33+/-1.21, 16.67+/-1.21, and 19.33+/-3.83, versus 17.00+/-6.90 days, respectively. Histologic assessment at 7 days after transplantation showed that high-dose AEB significantly decreased the histologic rejection score, indicative of decreased inflammatory cell infiltration into the graft. These results suggested that the administration of AEB (medium or high-dose), a PKC inhibitor, mitigated acute rejection and displayed significantly longer MST, similar to high-dose Tac after heterotopic heart transplantation in the rat.
    Transplantation Proceedings 04/2010; 42(3):976-9. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2010.02.034 · 0.98 Impact Factor
  • J.Y. Kim · J-I Lee · J.H. Jeong · Y-J Park · S.J. Kim · Y.H. Fang · Y Cho · K.H. Huh · D.J. Joo · M.S. Kim · Y.S. Kim ·
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    ABSTRACT: In islet transplantation, encapsulation of immunoisolated islets may provide a way to protect the graft from immune attacks with no immunosuppression. To develop an immunodelusive immunoisolated bioartificial pancreas (BAP), chondrocyte sheets were prepared by cell sheet engineering. We made an immunoisolated BAP encapsulated with rodent-derived chondrocyte sheets and then evaluated its function. Sprague-Dawley rats were used as the source of auricular cartilage and chondrocytes were maintained and expanded by passages. Lewis rats were prepared for islet isolation. A 3-dimensional chondrocyte sheeting immunodelusive immunoisolated BAP (CSI-BAP) was created by multi-layering and unifying the chondrocyte sheets. Subsequently, islets were embedded between each multi-layer sheet. To evaluate the function of the CSI-BAP, a glucose challenge test was performed and secretion of insulin in the culture medium was measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. When observed by phase-contrast microscopy, the CSI-BAP maintained close connections between chondrocyte sheets. Islets in the CSI-BAP maintained viability at day 10 and showed good insulin secretion, as revealed by a prompt reaction to increased concentrations of glucose at days 5 and 10. In long-term culture, the CSI-BAP maintained its ability to secrete insulin for 8 weeks. This BAP technology could be an important tool for successful islet transplantation without immunosuppressive drugs.
    Transplantation Proceedings 04/2010; 42(3):903-6. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2010.02.043 · 0.98 Impact Factor