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Min-Jun Park, Ji-Hye Song, Myung-Soo Shon, Hae Ok Kim, O Jun Kwon, Seong-Soo Roh, Choon Young Kim, Gyo-Nam Kim
Obesity is a major risk factor for various metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In this study, we prepared ethanol extracts from Agastache rugosa (ARE), Chrysanthemum zawadskii (CZE), Mentha arvensis (MAE), Perilla frutescens (PFE), Leonurus sibiricus (LSE), Gardenia jasminoides (GJE), and Lycopus coreanus (LCE). The anti-oxidant and anti-adipogenic effects were evaluated. The IC50 values for ascorbic acid and LCE against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radicals were 246...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
Kyung Hee Kim, Chan Gyoo Kim, Young-Woo Kim, Hae Moon, Jee Eun Choi, Soo-Jeong Cho, Jong Yeul Lee, Il Ju Choi
Phlegmonous gastritis is a rare and rapidly progressive bacterial infection of the stomach wall, with a high mortality rate. Antibiotics with or without surgical treatment are required for treatment. We present a case in which phlegmonous gastritis occurred during the diagnostic evaluation of early gastric cancer. The patient showed improvement after antibiotic treatment, but attempted endoscopic submucosal dissection failed because of submucosal pus. We immediately applied argon plasma coagulation since surgical resection was also considered a high-risk procedure because of the submucosal pus and multiple comorbidities...
September 2016: Journal of Gastric Cancer
Nam-Chol Kim, Myong-Chol Ko, Song-Il Choe, Zhong-Hua Hao, Li Zhou, Jian-Bo Li, Song-Jin Im, Yong-Hae Ko, Chon-Gyu Jo, Qu-Quan Wang
The transport properties of a single plasmon interacting with a hybrid system composed of a semiconductor quantum dot (SQD) and a metal nanoparticle (MNP) coupled to a one-dimensional surface plasmonic waveguide are investigated theoretically via the real-space approach. We considered that the MNP-SQD interaction leads to the formation of a hybrid exciton and the transmission and reflection of a single incident plasmon could be controlled by adjusting the frequency of the classical control field applied to the MNP-SQD hybrid nanosystem, the kinds of MNPs and the background media...
October 17, 2016: Nanotechnology
Young Ha Ahn, Sunyoung Park, Jeong June Choi, Bo-Kyung Park, Kyung Hee Rhee, Eunjoo Kang, Soyeon Ahn, Chul-Ho Lee, Jong Soo Lee, Kyung-Soo Inn, Mi-La Cho, Sung-Hwan Park, Kyunghee Park, Hae Jung Park, Jae Hyun Lee, Jung Won Park, Nam Hoon Kwon, Hyunbo Shim, Byung Woo Han, Pilhan Kim, Joo-Youn Lee, Youngho Jeon, Jin Won Huh, Mirim Jin, Sunghoon Kim
The N-terminal truncated form of a protein synthesis enzyme, tryptophanyl-tRNA synthetase (mini-WRS), is secreted as an angiostatic ligand. However, the secretion and function of the full-length WRS (FL-WRS) remain unknown. Here, we report that the FL-WRS, but not mini-WRS, is rapidly secreted upon pathogen infection to prime innate immunity. Blood levels of FL-WRS were increased in sepsis patients, but not in those with sterile inflammation. FL-WRS was secreted from monocytes and directly bound to macrophages via a toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-myeloid differentiation factor 2 (MD2) complex to induce phagocytosis and chemokine production...
October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Katherine J Hahn, Shannon J Morales, James H Lewis
Anticoagulants are a well known cause of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). We recently encountered a 45-year-old male who developed DILI during treatment with enoxaparin, a low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), for dural venous thrombosis. The man received enoxaparin 80 mg subcutaneously, twice daily. After 4 days, the patient was asymptomatic but he developed liver aminotransferase elevations: AST 340 U/L and ALT 579 U/L. Investigation revealed an R ratio of 19.9 by day 5 and a Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method score of 10, giving a high probable likelihood that enoxaparin was the cause of hepatic injury...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Jung-Hae Shin, Hyuk-Woo Kwon, Hyun-Jeong Cho, Man Hee Rhee, Hwa-Jin Park
BACKGROUND: Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (αIIb/β3) is involved in platelet adhesion, and triggers a series of intracellular signaling cascades, leading to platelet shape change, granule secretion, and clot retraction. In this study, we evaluated the effect of ginsenoside Ro (G-Ro) on the binding of fibrinogen to αIIb/β3. METHODS: We investigated the effect of G-Ro on regulation of signaling molecules affecting the binding of fibrinogen to αIIb/β3, and its final reaction, clot retraction...
October 2016: Journal of Ginseng Research
So Min Lyu, Ju Yeon Wu, Ji Yeon Byun, Hae Young Choi, Sang Hee Park, You Won Choi
BACKGROUND: The role of the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase signaling pathway in the development of acral melanoma has recently gained evidence. Phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN), one of the key molecules in the pathway, acts as a tumor suppressor through either an Akt-dependent or Akt-independent pathway. Akt accelerates degradation of p53. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the expression of PTEN, phospho-Akt (p-Akt), and p53 by immunohistochemistry in benign acral nevi, acral dysplastic nevi, and acral melanomas in the radial growth phase and with a vertical growth component...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Ho Shin Kim, Mannkyu Hong, Jihyae Ann, Suyoung Yoon, Cong-Truong Nguyen, Su-Chan Lee, Ho-Young Lee, Young-Ger Suh, Ji Hae Seo, Hoon Choi, Jun Yong Kim, Kyu-Won Kim, Joohwan Kim, Young-Myeong Kim, So-Jung Park, Hyun-Ju Park, Jeewoo Lee
Based on the lead compound L-80 (compound 2), a potent heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) inhibitor, a series of C-ring truncated deguelin analogs were designed, synthesized and evaluated for Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1α (HIF-1α) inhibition as a primary screening method. Their structure-activity relationship was investigated in a systematic manner by varying the A/B ring, linker and D/E ring, respectively. Among the synthesized inhibitors, compound 5 exhibited potent HIF-1α inhibition in a dose-dependent manner and significant antitumor activity in human non-small cell lung carcinoma (H1299), with better activities than L-80...
September 30, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
JeongWoo Kang, Md Akil Hossain, Hae-Chul Park, Yangho Jang, Seonhwa Kim, Jae Young Song, Kwang-Jick Lee, Tae-Wan Kim
Conventional antimicrobial susceptibility tests (ASTs) are very time consuming and insufficiently precise to promptly select a proper antimicrobial treatment. This difficulty disrupts the management of infections and exacerbates the development of antimicrobial resistance. Generally, antimicrobial resistance involves the chemical modification of an antimicrobial compound to an inactive form by an enzyme released by bacteria. This modification causes a structural change and is followed by a characteristic mass shift of the antimicrobials...
October 15, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Hwan D Kim, Hae Lin Jang, Hyo-Yong Ahn, Hye Kyoung Lee, Jungha Park, Eun-Seo Lee, Eunjee A Lee, Yong-Hoon Jeong, Do-Gyoon Kim, Ki Tae Nam, Nathaniel S Hwang
Bone remodeling process relies on complex signaling pathway between osteoblasts and osteoclasts and control mechanisms to achieve homeostasis of their growth and differentiation. Despite previous achievements in understanding complicated signaling pathways between cells and bone extracellular matrices during bone remodeling process, a role of local ionic concentration remains to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that synthetic whitlockite (WH: Ca18Mg2(HPO4)2(PO4)12) nanoparticles can recapitulate early-stage of bone regeneration through stimulating osteogenic differentiation, prohibiting osteoclastic activity, and transforming into mechanically enhanced hydroxyapatite (HAP)-neo bone tissues by continuous supply of PO4(3-) and Mg(2+) under physiological conditions...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
Andrea Zanichelli, Hilary J Longhurst, Marcus Maurer, Laurence Bouillet, Werner Aberer, Vincent Fabien, Irmgard Andresen, Teresa Caballero
BACKGROUND: Hereditary angioedema due to C1 inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE) causes swelling in the skin and upper airways and pain in the abdomen because of mucosal swelling. C1-INH-HAE is frequently misdiagnosed, leading to delays in diagnosis, inadequate treatment, and unnecessary procedures. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the history of misdiagnosis in patients participating in the Icatibant Outcome Survey (IOS). METHODS: The IOS is an observational study in which safety and effectiveness of icatibant have been evaluated since 2009...
October 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Soo-Hong Kim, Yong-Hoon Cho, Hae-Young Kim
PURPOSE: Spontaneous colon perforations are usually encountered as necrotizing enterocolitis in the neonatal period, but occur rarely in infants and children without pathological conditions. This study was conducted to describe its clinical implication beyond the neonatal period. METHODS: Cases of spontaneous colon perforation confirmed after the operation were reviewed retrospectively and the clinicopathological characteristics were analyzed. Clinical data were compared according to the presence of pneumoperitoneum as initial findings...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Junguee Lee, Shinae Yi, Yea Eun Kang, Hyeon-Woo Kim, Kyong Hye Joung, Hae Joung Sul, Koon Soon Kim, Minho Shong
Background: Although both thyroid histology and serum concentrations of hormones are known to change with age, only a few reports exist on the relationship between the age-related structural and functional changes of the thyroid follicles in both mice and humans. Our objectives were to investigate age-related histological changes of the thyroid follicles and to determine whether these morphological changes were associated with the functional activity of the follicles. Materials and Methods: The thyroid glands of mice at 18 weeks and at 6, 15, and 30 months of age were histologically examined, and the serum levels of thyroid hormones were measured in 11-week-old and 20-month-old mice...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
M Jacobs, I Henselmans, D L Arts, M Ten Koppel, S S Gisbertz, S M Lagarde, M I van Berge Henegouwen, M A G Sprangers, H C J M de Haes, E M A Smets
We developed a web-based question prompt sheet (QPS) to support information provision of health-related quality of life (HRQL) topics after oesophageal cancer surgery. The QPS was evaluated and updated in three consecutive studies. In Study 1, eight patients were guided in using the QPS. Feasibility was assessed by cognitive walkthrough, questionnaire and interview. We obtained 430 notes (217 negative, 213 positive) of patients' actions and or remarks, and 91 suggestions. With minor support, most patients were able to use the QPS...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Xuefeng Deng, Peng Xu, Wei Zou, Weiran Shen, Jianxin Peng, Kaiyu Liu, John F Engelhardt, Ziying Yan, Jianming Qiu
: Human bocavirus 1 (HBoV1), an emerging human pathogenic respiratory virus, is a member of the genus Bocaparvovirus of the Parvoviridae family. In human airway epithelia air-liquid interface (HAE-ALI) cultures, HBoV1 infection initiates a DNA damage response (DDR), activating all three phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinases (PI3KKs): ATM, ATR and DNA-PKcs. In this context, activation of PI3KKs is a requirement for amplification of the HBoV1 genome (PLoS Pathog., 2016; 12:e1005399), and HBoV1 replicates only in terminally differentiated, non-dividing cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Virology
Mina Ha, Soon Young Lee, Seung-Sik Hwang, Hyesook Park, Seungsoo Sheen, Hae Kwan Cheong, Bo Youl Choi
OBJECTIVES: As of November 2011, the Korean government recalled and banned humidifier disinfectants (HDs) from the market, because four case-control studies and one retrospective epidemiological study proved the association between HDs and lung injury of unknown cause. The report reviewed the causal role of HDs in lung injury based on scientific evidences. METHODS: A careful examination on the association between the HDs and lung injury was based on the criteria of causality inference by Hill and the US Surgeon General Expert Committee...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
Cho Rong Kim, Jie Hyun Kim, Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Chan Kee Park
PURPOSE: A recent study revealed a novel form of cell death, termed necroptosis, or programmed necrosis. Previous research indicated that after ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury to the retina, Tumor Necrosis Factor α (TNFα) is increased, which may activate necroptosis. This study observed macroglial cell activation, and in particular, astrocyte activation, after the release of TNFα and other necroptosis factors in the rat retina due to IR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: IR was induced in the retinas of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats by increasing the intraocular pressure to 160 mmHg and then allowing reperfusion...
October 12, 2016: Current Eye Research
Hae Won Lee, Kyung-Suk Suh
There has been ongoing debate that the Milan criteria may be too strict that a significant number of patients who could benefit from liver transplantation (LT) might have been excluded. Based on this idea, various studies have been conducted to further expand the Milan criteria and give more HCC patients a chance of cure. In deceased donor LT (DDLT) setting, expansion of the criteria is relatively tempered because the results of LT for HCC should be comparable to those of patients with non-malignant indications...
September 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Jong Man Kim, Kwang-Woong Lee, Gi-Won Song, Bo-Hyun Jung, Hae Won Lee, Nam-Joon Yi, ChoonHyuck David Kwon, Shin Hwang, Kyung-Suk Suh, Jae-Won Joh, Suk-Koo Lee, Sung-Gyu Lee
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The relationship between patient survival and biopsy-proven acute rejection (BPAR) in liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C remains unclear. The aims of this study were to compare the characteristics of patients with and without BPAR and to identify risk factors for BPAR. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 169 HCV-RNA-positive patients who underwent LT at three centers. RESULTS: BPAR occurred in 39 (23...
September 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Jung-Hwan Lee, Hae-Hyoung Lee, Hae-Won Kim, Je-Wook Yu, Kyoung-Nam Kim, Kwang-Mahn Kim
OBJECTIVE: The study assessed the cytotoxicity and immunomodulatory/anti-inflammatory effect of extract from zinc oxide-eugenol (ZOE)-based dental materials during setting using immortalized human dental pulp stem cells (IHDPSCs) and mouse bone marrow monocytes (IMBMMs), and identified the responsible extract component. METHODS: In accord with the ISO 10993-12, we extracted a mixture of ZOE cement and sealer after a specified time. The extract was analyzed by two types of mass spectrometry (ICP-MS and GC-MS)...
October 7, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
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