Mei Hua Nan

Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology KRIBB, Anzan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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Publications (2)8.78 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Development of resistance to TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) in tumor cells is one of the important problems in cancer treatment. Despite the previous report demonstrating that oligomycin suppressed TNF-induced apoptosis, in our screening of small molecules enhancing cancer cell death to TRAIL, oligomycin A (OMA) was found to enhance TRAIL-induced apoptosis in HeLa cells. CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) was found to directly bind to death receptor 5 (DR5) promoter through endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER-stress) signaling and sensitize the cells to TRAIL. Among ER-stress associated proteins, OMA triggered the inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1) signaling pathway, leading to X-binding protein 1 (XBP1) splicing, CHOP expression and DR5 upregulation. In contrast, small-interfering RNA (siRNA) of CHOP reduced the number of apoptotic cells in response to the co-treatment of TRAIL and OMA. Collectively, our data suggest that OMA enhances apoptotic death of cervical cancer cells to TRAIL through upregulation of CHOP-mediated DR5 expression following ER-stress. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Molecular Carcinogenesis
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    ABSTRACT: Ginsenoside Rh2 is one of the most active components of red ginseng, controlling cancer and other metabolic diseases including osteoclast differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the inhibition of osteoclast differentiation by ginsenoside Rh2 remains poorly understood. In the present study, it was found that ginsenoside Rh2 suppressed osteoclast differentiation from bone marrow macrophages (BMMs) treated with receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL) without any cytotoxicity. Ginsenoside Rh2 significantly reduced RANKL-induced expression of transcription factors, c-Fos and nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NFATc1), as well as osteoclast markers, TRAP and OSCAR. In defining the signaling pathways, ginsenoside Rh2 was shown to moderately inhibit NF-κB activation and ERK phosphorylation in response to RANKL stimulation in BMM cells without any effect on p38 and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Finally, ginsenoside Rh2 blocked osteoporosis in vivo as confirmed by restored bone mineral density (BMD) and other markers associated osteoclast differentiation. Hence, it is suggested that ginsenoside Rh2 could suppress RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation in vitro and in vivo through the regulation of c-Fos and NFATc1 expressions, not excluding the involvement of NF-κB and ERK. Ginsenoside Rh2 is also suggested to be developed as a therapeutic drug for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2012 · Bone

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  • 2012-2013
    • Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology KRIBB
      • Chemical Biology Research Center
      Anzan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea