Hoon Kang's research while affiliated with Catholic University of Korea and other places

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No effective therapeutic strategies have been developed against food allergies. Immunomodulation during early infant period could prevent the development of food allergies. We investigated the preventive effects of human hematopoietic mesenchymal stem cells (hHMSCs) in mice with ovalbumin (OVA)-induced food allergy. BALB/c mice with OVA-induced foo...
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Background: Botulinum toxin type A is widely used to treat primary axillary hyperhidrosis and has proven to be an effective and safe approach. Onabotulinumtoxin A was approved by the FDA as a treatment for primary axillary hyperhidrosis. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Neu-BoNT/A in subjects diagnosed with primary axillary...
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Patients with hair loss often use alternative therapy or visit different non‐dermatologist providers (NDPs) such as traditional medicine specialists, estheticians, and general practitioners without an accurate diagnosis of alopecia.(1‐3) Since alopecia is often etiologically complex, there has been a rising concern regarding NDPs, who are not board...
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Mesenchymal stem cell therapy (MSCT) has been shown to be a new therapeutic option for treating alopecia areata (AA). Outer root sheath cells (ORSCs) play key roles in maintaining the hair follicle structure and supporting the bulge area. In human ORSCs (hORSCs), the mechanism for this process has not been extensively studied. In this study, we aim...
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Malassezia species are associated with several common dermatologic conditions including pityriasis versicolor, seborrhoeic dermatitis, folliculitis, and atopic dermatitis and dandruff. However, its causal role remains to be established. We intended to explore the role of inflammasome activation in human keratinocytes in response to three different...
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Keloid is a representative chronic fibroproliferative condition that occurs after tissue injury. Emerging evidence showed that activation of NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is involved in the pro-inflammatory response in injured tissues. However, the role of NLRP3 inflammasome in keloid progression remains uncl...
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Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have been recently considered as chronic systemic inflammatory disorders. Over the past decades, enormous evidence indicates that patients with psoriasis and PsA have a higher risk of developing various comorbidities including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, cancers, infections, autoimmune disease,...
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Topical or systemic administration of JAK inhibitors has been shown to be a new treatment modality for severe alopecia areata (AA). Some patients show a good response to JAK inhibitors, but frequently relapse after cessation of the treatment. There have been no guidelines about the indications and use of JAK inhibitors in treating AA. The basic pat...
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Alopecia areata (AA) is thought to be an autoimmune process. In other autoimmune diseases, the innate immune system and Toll‐like receptors (TLRs) can play a significant role. Expression of TLR7, TLR9, and associated inducible genes were evaluated by quantitative PCR in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 10 healthy individuals and 19 A...
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Background: The ceramide is known to play an important role in the formation of intracellular lipids, and play a crucial role as a barrier for skin and hair cuticle. Recent study has revealed that ceramide has potential effect on hair growth in a mouse model. However, the role of ceramide in human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs) known to play an impo...
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Mesenchymal stem cell therapy (MSCT) has been suggested as a new therapeutic strategy for immunologic disorders. There have been only a few attempts to treat alopecia areata (AA) with MSCT. MSCT efficacy and mechanism of action in treating AA is not known. We sought to investigate the effect of human hematopoietic mesenchymal stem cells (hHMSCs) on...
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Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) and prostaglandin D2 receptor 2 (DP2) is known to be an important factor in androgenetic alopecia (AGA). However, the effect of PGD2 in human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs) is not fully understood. The function of PGD2-induced expression of the androgen receptor (AR), DP2, and AKT (protein kinase B) signal were examined by usi...
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Background The human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs) play an important role in regulation of hair cycling and growth. Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different wavelengths of light-emitting diode (LED) irradiation on the proliferation of cultured hDPCs and on the growth of human hair follicles (HFs) in vitro. Methods...
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Background: Outer root sheath cells (ORSCs) play important roles in maintaining hair follicle structure and provide support for the bulge area. The hair growth promoting effects of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) have been reported, but the mechanisms for this in human ORCs (hORSCs) have rarely been studied. Objective: The aim of this study wa...
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Scalp imaging techniques are necessary tools for the trichological practice and for visualization of permeation, penetration and absorption processes into and through the scalp and for the research on drug delivery and toxicology. The present letter reviews different scalp imaging techniques and discusses their utility. Moreover, two different stud...
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This survey aimed to explore patient and physician attitudes towards male androgenetic alopecia (AGA), satisfaction with currently available male AGA treatments and investigate the factors affecting treatment choice. The survey was carried out in five countries (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico and Brazil) between November and December 2015 using...
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Background . The clinical and histopathologic classification of anetoderma are not well characterized. Objective . We aimed to investigate the clinical and histopathologic characteristics of anetoderma and to correlate clinical phenotypes with immunohistopathologic findings. Methods . We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 30 patients w...
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Along with increasing public concerns on acne and its complications, increasing treatment options seem to lead more acne patients to clinics globally, including Korea. The aim of the present study was to investigate the number and distribution of acne patients according to age group by analyzing number and age of outpatients from several general ho...
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Background: Microneedle is a method that creates transdermal microchannels across the stratum corneum barrier layer of skin. No previous study showed a therapeutic effect of microneedle itself on hair growth by wounding. Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of repeated microwound formed by microneedle on hair growth and...
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Background: Hand eczema is one of the most common skin disorders and negatively affects quality of life. However, a large-scale multicenter study investigating the clinical features of patients with hand eczema has not yet been conducted in Korea. Objective: To identify the prevalence of various hand diseases, which is defined as all cutaneous d...
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Background: Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are most frequently used for unwanted wrinkles. Recently, lidocaine has been incorporated into hyaluronic acid fillers to reduce injection discomfort. Methods: A randomized, multicenter, double-blind, intraindividual trial was designed to compare a new lidocaine-containing monophasic hyaluronic acid fil...
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Background: Herpes zoster (HZ) infection can significantly impair the quality of life of the affected individuals, and its treatment imposes a considerable cost burden on the health-care system and on society at large. However, there is little information on the perception of this disease and the acceptability of vaccines in Korea. Objective: Th...
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Background: The use of injectable hyaluronic acid-based gel is well established in aesthetic facial procedures especially on the nasolabial fold (NLF). Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of PP-501-A-Lidocaine dermal filler with RestylaneLidocaine(®) when administered to the NLF. Methods: Sixty-six subjects seeking correction of NLFs...
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Bowen's disease (BD) is uncommon in the nail unit and periungual areas. BD of the nail unit has multiple clinical presentations, which often makes diagnosis challenging. It can present as hyperkeratotic, papillomatous, or warty proliferations, erosions or scaling of the nail fold, or ulceration of the lateral nail groove, sometimes with granulation...
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Although acne scar is a permanent sequela that may be induced by improper management of active acne lesion, patient behavior patterns and awareness regarding acne are unclear. The aim of this study was to identify awareness and behavioral patterns concerning acne and acne scar of people having acne and differences between those with and without acn...
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Electrical stimulation is being used in variable skin therapeutic conditions. There have been clinical studies demonstrating the positive effect of electrical stimuli on hair regrowth. However, the underlying exact mechanism and optimal parameter settings are not clarified yet. To investigate the effects of different parameter settings of electrica...
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Rapamycin (RPM) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) are immunosuppressive drugs approved for use in preventing transplant rejection. These drugs have also been used in the field of dermatology as glucocorticoid sparing agents for autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as atopic dermatitis (AD). The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic e...
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Botulinum toxin type A has been widely used to correct unwanted hyperfunctional facial lines. Most forms of botulinum toxin type A currently used require reconstitution, which is very inconvenient for users. The authors compared the efficacy and safety of a newly developed liquid-type botulinum toxin type A (MT10109L) and onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox)...
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Keratinocytes release various pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and adhesion molecules such as intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) in response to cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interferon (IFN)-γ. Rapamycin and mycophenolic acid (MPA) have potent immunosuppressive activity because they inhibit lymphocyte proliferat...
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A novel botulinum neurotoxin type A (DWP450; Daewoong Pharmaceutical, Seoul, Korea) has recently been introduced for the treatment of facial wrinkles. The efficacy of this agent has previously been demonstrated in an in vivo study using an electrophysiological protocol in a rat model. To compare the efficacy and safety of DWP450 with onabotulinumto...
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Recently, various immunosuppressant drugs have been shown to induce hair growth in normal hair as well as in alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia; however, the responsible mechanism has not yet been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigate the influence of mycophenolate (MPA), an immunosuppressant, on the proliferation of human dermal pap...
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Background The pathogenesis of cholinergic urticaria (ChU) has been unclear except for the involvement of acetylcholine. Attempts to classify ChU according to etiology have rarely been performed.Objective To evaluate the significance of responsiveness to autologous sweat and serum in ChU in relation to their clinical characteristics.Methods This st...
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Background: The effects of the Notch signaling pathway in fibroproliferative skin diseases have not been fully elucidated. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of activated Notch signaling molecules in various skin fibroproliferative diseases. Methods: Immunohistochemical analysis of Notch intracellular domain (NI...
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Congenital self-healing reticulohistiocytosis (CSHRH) is a rare, cutaneous, self-limited form of Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Whereas multiple lesions are common, a solitary lesion is rare. A 14-day-old neonate presented with a solitary, 5-mm, oval, reddish, and eroded papule with crust on the left thigh that had existed since birth. No systemic...
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Angiosarcoma is a highly malignant vascular tumor of endothelial origin. Initially, a cutaneous manifestation presents as a singular or multifocal bruise-like patches on the skin, most frequently on the face, the scalp or the neck regions. On progression, the lesions become violaceous, and ill-defined spongy nodular tumors appear. Our patient was a...
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Background: Cholinergic urticaria is a type of physical urticaria characterized by heat-associated wheals. Several reports are available about cholinergic urticaria; however, the clinical manifestations and pathogenesis are incompletely understood. Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics of cholinergi...
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Background: Phototrichogram analysis of normal scalp hair characteristics in Asian populations is not well characterized. Objective: To investigate the normal hair characteristics of South Koreans using a phototrichogram. Methods: We enrolled 674 males and 683 females between the ages of 10 and 69. Hair density, thickness and the white hair pe...
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The incidence of overall cancer has increased over time. The incidence of top-ranking cancers has changed in the 1990s and the 2000s. However, few studies have evaluated the trends in metastatic skin cancers during this period. We evaluated the recent trends in incidence, peak age and location of metastatic skin cancers from 1991 to 2010. This 20-y...
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A new botulinum toxin type A (NBoNT) produced from the same strain of Clostridium botulinum as onabotulinumtoxinA (OBoNT) is widely used in Asia. To compare the efficacy and safety of NBoNT and OBoNT for moderate to severe glabellar wrinkles. A double-blind, randomized, active-controlled, phase III study was performed. Three hundred fourteen patien...
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Background: Eruptive pseudoangiomatosis (EP) is a rare, benign, spontaneously regressing exanthema of unknown etiology, characterized by an eruption of distinctive erythematous papules. This study was performed to evaluate the etiologic, clinical, and histopathologic characteristics of EP in Koreans. Methods: Patients diagnosed with EP during 20...
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Pattern hair loss (PHL) is the most common form of baldness in both sexes. The Norwood-Hamilton classification is the most commonly used classification worldwide, but it has many limitations. The basic and specific (BASP) classification was introduced as an improvement over the Norwood-Hamilton classification. Previous research was done to estimate...
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Gray hair naturally develops in the process of human aging. Many people with gray hair periodically dye their hair. Hair dyeing products are widely used and they can cause adverse effects. Therefore, the user's knowledge and recognition about hair dyeing and related side effects are important. The goal of this study was to lay the foundation for un...
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Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a common hair loss disease with genetic predisposition among men and women, and it may commence at any age after puberty. It may significantly affect a variety of psychological and social aspects of one's life and the individual's overall quality of life (QoL). This study aimed to investigate the QoL of AGA patients a...
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The number of therapeutic options available to dermatologists for skin disorders has grown significantly over the past several years. Incorporating newly developed and recruited therapeutic modalities into the dermatologic field can promote a better overall treatment outcome and patient satisfaction while reducing common side effect. This article f...
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We investigated the effect of topical epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on testosterone (T)-induced hair loss in mice. Marked hair loss was observed at the T-injected site, and topical EGCG significantly reduced the hair loss (P < 0.05). TUNEL staining showed apoptosis of follicular epithelial cells in the T-injected groups where topical EGCG was f...
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Abstract Background: Intense pulsed light (IPL) system incorporating optimal pulse technology has been developed to enhance the efficacy and safety of the treatment of photoaging. However, there are few clinical studies on the treatment of photoaging using the novel IPL. Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of a new IPL for the treatment...
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We evaluated the recent trend in the incidence of premalignant and malignant skin lesions between 1991 and 2006. Among 571,057 newly registered dermatology out-patients from our 8 affiliated university hospitals, 2,598 were diagnosed with a premalignant (899, 0.16%) or malignant skin lesions (1,699, 0.30%). Of 899 premalignant cases, 71.2% were act...