Seong-Chun Kwon

Kwandong University, Gangneung, Gangwon, South Korea

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Publications (5)11.16 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Carvacrol (2-methyl-5-(1-methylethyl) phenol), a cyclic monoterpene, exerts protective activities in a variety of pathological states including tumor growth, inflammation, and oxidative stress. However, it is unknown whether carvacrol affects events in vascular cells during the development of atherosclerotic neointima. We investigated the effects of carvacrol on the migration and proliferation of rat aortic smooth muscle cells (RASMCs) and on vascular neointima formation. Carvacrol significantly inhibited platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB-stimulated RASMC migration and proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner. Cell viability was not affected by treatment with carvacrol. Carvacrol attenuated the expression of NADPH oxidase (NOX) 1 and the phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 in response to PDGF-BB. Moreover, carvacrol suppressed the PDGF-BB-stimulated generation of H2O2 and inhibited the activity of NOX in RASMCs. Treatment with carvacrol inhibited PDGF-BB-induced aortic sprout outgrowth, balloon injury-evoked vascular neointima formation, and expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen in the neointima. These findings indicate that carvacrol inhibits migration and proliferation of RASMCs by suppressing the reactive oxygen species-mediated MAPK signaling pathway in these cells, thereby attenuating vascular neointimal formation. Carvacrol may be a promising agent for preventing vascular restenosis or atherosclerosis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Atherosclerosis 03/2015; 240(2):367-373. DOI:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.03.038 · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by recurrent episodes of colonic inflammation and tissue degeneration in human or animal models. The contractile force generated by the smooth muscle is significantly attenuated, resulting in altered motility leading to diarrhea or constipation in IBD. The aim of this study is to clarify the altered contractility of circular and longitudinal smooth muscle layers in proximal colon of trinitrobenzen sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis mouse. Colitis was induced by direct injection of TNBS (120 mg/kg, 50% ethanol) in proximal colon of ICR mouse using a 30 G needle anesthetized with ketamin (50 mg/kg), whereas animals in the control group were injected of 50% ethanol alone. In TNBS-induced colitis, the wall of the proximal colon is diffusely thickened with loss of haustration, and showed mucosal and mucular edema with inflammatory infiltration. The colonic inflammation is significantly induced the reduction of colonic contractile activity including spontaneous contractile activity, depolarization-induced contractility, and muscarinic acetylcholine receptor-mediated contractile response in circular muscle layer compared to the longitudinal muscle layer. The inward rectification of currents, especially, important to Ca(2+) and Na(+) influx-induced depolarization and contraction, was markedly reduced in the TNBS-induced colitis compared to the control. The muscarinic acetylcholine-mediated contractile responses were significantly attenuated in the circular and longitudinal smooth muscle strips induced by the reduction of membrane expression of canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channel isoforms from the proximal colon of the TNBS-induced colitis mouse than the control.
    Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 12/2012; 16(6):437-46. DOI:10.4196/kjpp.2012.16.6.437 · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Changes in the expression profiles of specific proteins leads to serious human diseases, including colitis. The proteomic changes related to colitis and the differential expression between tuberculous (TC) and ulcerative colitis (UC) in colon tissue from colitis patients has not been defined. We therefore performed a proteomic analysis of human TC and UC mucosal tissue. Total protein was obtained from the colon mucosal tissue of normal, TC, and UC patients, and resolved by 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE). The results were analyzed with PDQuest using silver staining. We used matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight/time-of-flight spectrometry (MALDI TOF/TOF) to identify proteins differentially expressed in TC and UC. Of the over 1,000 proteins isolated, three in TC tissue and two in UC tissue displayed altered expression when compared to normal tissue. Moreover, two proteins were differentially expressed in a comparative analysis between TC and UC. These were identified as mutant β-actin, α-enolase and Charcot-Leyden crystal protein. In particular, the expression of α-enolase was significantly greater in TC compared with normal tissue, but decreased in comparison to UC, implying that α-enolase may represent a biomarker for differential diagnosis of TC and UC. This study therefore provides a valuable resource for the molecular and diagnostic analysis of human colitis.
    Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 06/2012; 16(3):193-8. DOI:10.4196/kjpp.2012.16.3.193 · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two farnesylacetones, 311 and 312, major active constituents of Sargassum siliquastrum collected from the coast of the East Sea in Korea, showed a moderate vasodilatation effect on the basilar arteries of rabbits. Therefore, treatment with farnesylacetones 311 and 312 may selectively accelerate cerebral blood flow through dilatation of the basilar artery.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 01/2009; 18(24):6324-6. DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2008.10.103 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sargahydroquinoic acid (2), a major active constituent of Sargassum micracanthum collected from the coast of the East Sea in Korea, showed a selective vasodilatation effect on the basilar arteries of rabbits. Therefore, treatment with sargahydroquinoic acid may selectively accelerate cerebral blood flow through dilatation of the basilar artery without lowering systemic blood pressure.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 05/2008; 18(8):2624-7. DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2008.03.034 · 2.33 Impact Factor