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Min-Soo Kim, Ji Hye Bang, Jun Lee, Jung-Soo Han, Tae Gon Baik, Won Kyung Jeon
BACKGROUND: Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE)-a widely used nutraceutical-is reported to have diverse functions, including positive effects on memory and vasodilatory properties. Although numerous studies have assessed the neuroprotective properties of GBE in ischemia, only a few studies have investigated the neuro-pharmacological mechanisms of action of GBE in chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH). PURPOSE: In the present study, we sought to determine the effects of GBE on CCH-induced neuroinflammation and cholinergic dysfunction in a rat model of bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAo)...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Jingni Wu, Yiming Wang, Sook-Young Park, Sang Gon Kim, Ju Soon Yoo, Sangryeol Park, Ravi Gupta, Kyu Young Kang, Sun Tae Kim
Rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae is one of the most devastating fungal diseases of rice and results in a huge loss of rice productivity worldwide. During the infection process, M. oryzae secretes a large number of glycosyl hydrolase proteins into the host apoplast to digest the cell wall and facilitate fungal ingression into host tissues. In this study, we identified a novel arabinofuranosidase-B (MoAbfB) protein that is secreted by M. oryzae during fungal infection. Deletion of MoAbfB from M...
2016: PloS One
Min Jung Kim, Min Seok Hur, Byung Gon Choi, Soo Young Kim, Yang Won Lee, Yong Beom Choe, Kyu Joong Ahn
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare disease of dermal fibroblastic origin that accounts for less than 5% of all soft tissue sarcomas in adults. DFSP grows slowly and is an asymptomatic lesion at the initial diagnosis. Herein, we report a case of multiple pedunculated nodules as a variant of DFSP. A 47-year-old man presented with a 7-month history of multiple well-circumscribed, firm, pedunculated nodules on the inguinal area. Histopathologic examination results showed densely packed uniform spindle cells with a storiform and cartwheel pattern, and positivity for CD34...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Chong-Suh Lee, Kyung-Chung Kang, Sung-Soo Chung, Won-Hah Park, Won-Ju Shin, Yong-Gon Seo
OBJECTIVE There is a lack of evidence of how back muscle strength changes after lumbar fusion surgery and how exercise influences these changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in back muscle strength after posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and to measure the effects of a postoperative exercise program on muscle strength and physical and mental health outcomes. METHODS This prospective study enrolled 59 women (mean age 58 years) who underwent PLIF at 1 or 2 spinal levels. To assess the effects of a supervised lumbar stabilization exercise (LSE), the authors allocated the patients to an LSE (n = 26) or a control (n = 33) group...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
G Andres Contreras, Kyan Thelen, Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Stephanie W Watts
There are sex associated differences in the risk for cardiovascular comorbidities in obesity and metabolic syndrome. A common clinical finding in these diseases is the expansion of perivascular adipose tissues (PVAT) which is associated with alterations in their role as regulators of vessel function. PVAT hyperplasia and hypertrophy are dependent on the biology of populations of adipocyte progenitor cells (APC). It is currently unclear if PVAT enlargement diverges between males and females and the mechanisms linking APC biology with sexual dimorphism remain poorly understood...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
Chrislean Jun Botanas, Seong Shoon Yoon, June Bryan de la Peña, Irene Joy Dela Peña, Mikyung Kim, Taeseon Woo, Joung-Wook Seo, Choon-Gon Jang, Kyung-Tae Park, Young Hun Lee, Yong Sup Lee, Hee Jin Kim, Jae Hoon Cheong
The recreational use of synthetic cathinones has grown rapidly which prompted concerns from legal authorities and health care providers. However, in response to legislative regulations, synthesis of novel synthetic cathinones by introducing substituents in cathinone molecule has dramatically increased the diversity of these substances. Based on current trends, the aromatic ring is one of the popular sites in cathinone molecule being explored by designer-type modifications. In this study, we designed and synthesized a novel synthetic cathinone, 2-(methylamino)-1-(naphthalen-2-yl) propan-1-one (BMAPN), which has a naphthalene substituent on the aromatic ring...
October 11, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Shi-Xun Ma, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Jee-Yeon Seo, Ji-Young Hwang, Sa-Ik Hong, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Seok-Yong Lee, Choon-Gon Jang
Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1), the archetypal member of the vanilloid TRP family, was initially identified as the receptor for capsaicin, the pungent ingredient in hot chili peppers. We previously demonstrated that TRPV1 in the dorsal striatum significantly contributes to morphine reward by using the conditioned place preference paradigm in mice; however, it is unknown whether TRPV1 has the same effect in other reward models. In this study, we investigated the role of TRPV1 in morphine reward by using a self-administration paradigm in rats...
October 11, 2016: Addiction Biology
Kyung-Hoon Shin, Tae Gon Lee, Jae Hui Kim, Jong Woo Kim, Chul Gu Kim, Dong Won Lee, Jung Il Han, Young Ju Lew, Han Joo Cho
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of intravitreal aflibercept monotherapy in submacular hemorrhage (SMH) secondary to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: This study included 25 eyes in 25 patients with SMH involving the fovea secondary to wet-AMD. All patients were treated with three consecutive monthly intravitreal aflibercept (2.0 mg/0.05 mL) injections, followed by as-needed reinjection. They were followed for at least 6 months. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central foveal thickness (CFT), and area of SMH were measured at diagnosis, as well as at 3 and 6 months after treatment initiation...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
Han Young Chung, Kyu-Ho Lee, Sangryeol Ryu, Hyunjin Yoon, Ju-Hoon Lee, Hyeun Bum Kim, Heebal Kim, Hee Gon Jeong, Sang Ho Choi, Bong-Soo Kim
Bacillus cereus causes food-borne illness through contaminated foods; therefore, its pathogenicity and genome sequences have been analyzed in several studies. We sequenced and analyzed the B. cereus strain FORC_021 isolated from a sashimi restaurant. The genome sequence consists of 5,373,294 bp with 35.36% GC contents, 5,350 predicted CDSs, 42 rRNA genes, and 107 tRNA genes. Based on in silico DNA-DNA hybridization values, B. cereus ATCC 14579(T) was closest to FORC_021 among the complete genome-sequenced strains...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Didem C Dogan, Seonghun Cho, Sun-Mi Hwang, Young-Min Kim, Hwanuk Guim, Tae-Hyun Yang, Seok-Hee Park, Gu-Gon Park, Sung-Dae Yim
Supportless Pt catalysts have several advantages over conventional carbon-supported Pt catalysts in that they are not susceptible to carbon corrosion. However, the need for high Pt loadings in membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) to achieve state-of-the-art fuel cell performance has limited their application in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Herein, we report a new approach to the design of a supportless Pt catalyst in terms of catalyst layer architecture, which is crucial for fuel cell performance as it affects water management and oxygen transport in the catalyst layers...
October 10, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Hee-Chul Shin, Wonshik Han, Hyeong-Gon Moon, In-Ae Park, Dong-Young Noh
PURPOSE: We investigated the prognostic impact of discordance between the receptor status of primary breast cancers and corresponding metastases. METHODS: A total 144 patients with breast cancer and distant metastasis were investigated. The estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status of primary tumor and corresponding metastases were assessed. Tumor phenotype according to receptor status was classified as triple-negative phenotype (TNP) or non-TNP...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
Jae-Sik Jang, Ho-Cheol Shin, Jong Seok Bae, Han-Young Jin, Jeong-Sook Seo, Tae-Hyun Yang, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Kyoung-Im Cho, Bo-Hyun Kim, Yong Hyun Park, Hyung-Gon Je, Dong-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention frequently results in unnecessary stenting due to the low positive predictive value of IVUS-derived minimal lumen area (MLA) for identification of functionally significant coronary stenosis. We appraised the diagnostic accuracy of IVUS-derived MLA compared with the fractional flow reserve (FFR) to assess intermediate coronary stenosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and Cochrane databases for studies using IVUS and FFR methods to establish the best MLA cut-off values to predict significant non-left main coronary artery stenosis...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
K-H Lim, Y-C Chang, Y-H Chiang, H-C Lin, C-Y Chang, C-S Lin, L Huang, W-T Wang, C Gon-Shen Chen, W-C Chou, Y-Y Kuo
CALR mutations are identified in about 30% of JAK2/MPL-unmutated myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis. Although the molecular pathogenesis of CALR mutations leading to MPNs has been studied using in vitro cell lines models, how mutant CALR may affect developmental hematopoiesis remains unknown. Here we took advantage of the zebrafish model to examine the effects of mutant CALR on early hematopoiesis and model human CALR-mutated MPNs. We identified three zebrafish genes orthologous to human CALR, referred to as calr, calr3a and calr3b...
October 7, 2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Sin Gon Kim, Nam Hoon Kim, Bon Jeong Ku, Ho Sang Shon, Doo Man Kim, Tae Sun Park, Yong-Seong Kim, In Joo Kim, Dong Seop Choi
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: To assess the time to initiation of insulin therapy and concurrently investigate both patient- and physician-related factors associated with delaying insulin therapy in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) uncontrolled on oral hypoglycemic agents (OHAs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, observational disease registry study was conducted across 69 centers in Korea. T2D patients who had received two or more OHAs within the last 5 years, had a glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≥8% in the last 6 months, and had not received insulin were included...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Kyu Jin Chung, Ki Rin Park, Jun Ho Lee, Tae Gon Kim, Yong Ha Kim
This corrects the article on p. 1273 in vol. 31, PMID: 27478339.
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Douk-Keun Yoon, Jong-Seouk Ban, Sang-Gon Lee, Ji-Hyang Lee, Eunju Kim, Jihyun An
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a useful sedative agent for spinal anesthesia. However, it has been reported that dexmedetomidine decreases heart rate in a dose-dependent manner. In the current study, we compared the administration of a bolus dose of midazolam and bolus loading of dexmedetomidine over 10 min with the goal of identifying an additional method of sedation. METHODS: Ninety patients classified as American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-II who were undergoing spinal anesthesia were divided into two groups...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
Chang Gon Kim, Joong Bae Ahn, Minkyu Jung, Seung Hoon Beom, Su Jin Heo, Jee Hung Kim, Young Jin Kim, Nam Kyu Kim, Byung Soh Min, Woong Sub Koom, Hoguen Kim, Yun Ho Roh, Bo Gyoung Ma, Sang Joon Shin
BACKGROUND: Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is the most widely used tumor marker in colon cancer; however, there has been controversy regarding the significance of preoperative serum CEA level as a prognostic factor for recurrence. In this study, we evaluated the optimal cutoff value and prognostic significance of preoperative serum CEA level in stage III colon cancer. METHODS: Based on a retrospective cohort of 965 patients with stage III colon cancer who underwent elective curative surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy with fluoropyrimidine and oxaliplatin (training set), we determined the optimal cutoff value of CEA for recurrence using the Contal and O'Quigley method...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Jong Kwan Park, A Ram Doo, Joo Heung Kim, Hyung Sub Park, Jung Mo Do, Hwang Choi, Seung Chol Park, Myung Ki Kim, Young Beom Jeong, Hyung Jim Kim, Young Gon Kim, Yu Seob Shin
INTRODUCTION: We prospectively investigated the relationship between newborn male circumcision (NMC) and second to fourth digit ratio with penile length. METHODS: As participants for our study, we identified already circumcised young patients who visited our hospital for urological treatment. The age at which the circumcision had been done was assessed. The patients' height and weight were measured. Second to fourth digit ratio was calculated by measuring the second and fourth digit lengths...
September 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Young Gon Na, Moon Jong Chang, Sang Hwa Eom, Seok Jin Kim, Seong Cheol Park, Tae Kyun Kim
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine whether coronal alignment measured on the single-limb stance (SLS) radiographs differs from those on the double-limb stance (DLS) images. We also investigated whether the size of such differences was affected by the knee pathology, lower limb alignment, and geometry of the tibia or femur. METHODS: We measured coronal alignment with mechanical tibiofemoral angle (MTFA) on the DLS and SLS radiographs in patients with posterolateral rotatory instability (PLRI, 30 knees), osteoarthritis (OA) with varus deformity who were scheduled for high tibial osteotomy (HTO) (60 knees), and in normal control (60 knees)...
September 28, 2016: Knee
Jai Gon Seo, Sang Min Kim, Jung Min Shin, Youngjun Kim, Byung Hoon Lee
INTRODUCTION: Simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been associated with a high risk of morbidity and mortality. The orthopedic surgeon must, therefore, decide whether bilateral simultaneous TKA is a safe operation to perform and endeavor to decrease the risk of serious complications or even death. METHODS: This retrospective review included 2098 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral simultaneous TKAs by the protocol used in our institution, including the use of extramedullary instruments to minimize medullary canal invasion and overlapping procedures for both knees to decrease operation time...
November 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
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