Jun Namkung

Yonsei University, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: Angiopoietin-related growth factor (AGF), a novel hepatokine, showed therapeutic implications in diabetic and obese animal models. Although the physiologic functions of human AGF have not yet been identified, serum levels of AGF displayed up-regulation in groups with diseases including preeclampsia and diabetes; and there was little association between genetic variability of AGF and metabolic syndrome-related phenotypes. We analyzed serum levels of AGF and other biochemical and anthropometric markers in 216 Korean persons--the numbers of healthy controls and those with metabolic syndrome were 138 and 78, respectively--to confirm research data from animal models. Women had higher AGF than men (265.01 vs 311.84 ng/mL, P = .003). This study showed that serum AGF levels were significantly higher in subjects with metabolic syndrome (325.89 ng/mL) than those in the healthy group (272.44 ng/mL) (P = .003). Among the components of metabolic syndrome, subjects with high waist circumference or decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol had significantly increased serum AGF (271.92 vs 313.68 ng/mL, P = .013; 271.01 vs 310.58 ng/mL, P = .023, respectively). According to multivariate regression analysis, metabolic syndrome itself and waist circumference could be used, in addition to sex and age, as predictors of serum AGF level. In conclusion, serum AGF levels were paradoxically increased in metabolic syndrome, in comparison with data from animal experiments and data on sex, age, and waist circumference. Metabolic syndrome can be a predictor of serum AGF level. Further studies are needed to explore the possibilities of compensatory up-regulation, or AGF resistance, to explain the physiologic roles of AGF in metabolic syndrome.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2011 · Metabolism: clinical and experimental
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    Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Bulletin- Korean Chemical Society
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    ABSTRACT: Telomerase activation is a key step in the development of human cancers. Expression of the catalytic subunit, human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT), represents the limiting factor for telomerase activity. In this study, we have used artificial zinc finger protein (ZFP) transcription factors (TF) to repress the expression of hTERT in human cancer cell lines at the transcriptional level. We have constructed four-fingered ZFPs derived from the human genome which binds 12-bp recognition sequences within the promoter of the hTERT gene and fused them with a KRAB repressor domain to create a potent transcriptional repressor. Luciferase activity was decreased by >80% in all of the transcriptional repressors with luciferase reporter assay. When they were transfected into the telomerase-positive HEK293 cell line, a decrease of mRNA level and telomerase activity together with shortening of telomere length was observed. Actual growth of HEK293 cells was also inhibited by transfection of artificial ZFP-TFs. The repression was maintained for 100 days of culture. The repression of telomerase expression by artificial ZFP-TFs targeting the promoter region of the hTERT presents a new promising strategy for inhibiting the growth of human cancer cells.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2010 · Molecular Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: To confirm the predictive factors for interferon (IFN)-alpha and ribavirin combination therapy for chronic hepatitis patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1b. HCV RNA from 50 patients infected with HCV genotype 1b was studied by cloning and sequencing of interferon sensitivity determining region (ISDR), PKR-eIF2alpha phosphorylation homology domain (PePHD). Patients were treated with IFN-alpha and ribavirin for 6 mo and grouped by effectiveness of the therapy. A variety of factors were analyzed. Our data showed that age, HCV RNA titer, and ISDR type could be used as the predictive factors for combined IFN-alpha and ribavirin efficacy. Characteristically, mutations in PePHD appeared only when the combination therapy was effective. Other factors, such as sex and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level, were not related to its efficacy. Adjusting for age and HCV RNA titer indicated that the ISDR type was the most potent predictive factor. HCV RNA ISDR type is an important factor for predicting efficacy of IFN-alpha and ribavirin combination therapy in Korean patients.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2008 · World Journal of Gastroenterology