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Macrolide Therapy in Respiratory Viral Infections
Jin-Young Min,Yong Ju Jang
Mediators of Inflammation , 2012, DOI: 10.1155/2012/649570
Abstract: Background. Macrolides have received considerable attention for their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory actions beyond the antibacterial effect. These two properties may ensure some efficacy in a wide spectrum of respiratory viral infections. We aimed to summarize the properties of macrolides and their efficacy in a range of respiratory viral infection. Methods. A search of electronic journal articles through PubMed was performed using combinations of the following keywords including macrolides and respiratory viral infection. Results. Both in vitro and in vivo studies have provided evidence of their efficacy in respiratory viral infections including rhinovirus (RV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza virus. Much data showed that macrolides reduced viral titers of RV ICAM-1, which is the receptor for RV, and RV infection-induced cytokines including IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α. Macrolides also reduced the release of proinflammatory cytokines which were induced by RSV infection, viral titers, RNA of RSV replication, and the susceptibility to RSV infection partly through the reduced expression of activated RhoA which is an RSV receptor. Similar effects of macrolides on the influenza virus infection and augmentation of the IL-12 by macrolides which is essential in reducing virus yield were revealed. Conclusion. This paper provides an overview on the properties of macrolides and their efficacy in various respiratory diseases.
Identification and Determination of Phenolic Compounds in Rapeseed Meals (Brassica napus L.)  [PDF]
Si-Chang Yang, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Jin-Hyuk Chun, Young-Seok Jang, Yong-Hwa Lee, In Ho Kim, Ki-Taek Lee, Soon-Taek Hong, Sun-Ju Kim
Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment (JACEN) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/jacen.2015.41002
Abstract: This study aimed in the identification and quantification of phenolic compounds in different four varieties of rapeseeds (Brassica napus L.) using LC-MS and HPLC. LC-MS analysis guided to identify 12 phenolic compounds including sinapine, sinapine(4-O-8')guaiacyl, feruloyl choline(4-O-8') guaiacyl, kaempferol-3-O-sinapoyl-sophoroside-7-O-glucoside, kaempferol-3-O-β-sophoroside, cyclic spermidine-alkaloid, feruloyl choline(5-8')guaiacyl, kaempferol-sinapoyl-trihexoside,1,2-di- O-sinapoyl-gentiobiose, 1,2-di-O-sinapoyl-glucose, feruloyl choline(4-O-8')guaiacyl-di-sinapoyl, and sinapine(4-O-8')guaiacyl-di-sinapoyl, respectively. Total phenolic compounds in rapeseed meals were ranged from 38.50 (2012 “Sunmang”) to 63.95 mg/g dry weight (DW) (2014 Jeju local cultivar). Main phenolic compositions were cyclic spermidine-alkaloid, kaempferol, feruloyl choline, and sinapine. Sinapine was predominant compound among all the samples ranged from 29.74 to 52.24 mg/g DW (mean 79% of total phenolic contents). This study provided the information for the variation of phenolic compounds between the varieties of rapeseeds and the cultivation periods. Furthermore, this information can be developed for bio-energy industry as a reducer of the cost of the bio-energy products.
Oryza sativa COI Homologues Restore Jasmonate Signal Transduction in Arabidopsis coi1-1 Mutants
Han Yong Lee, Ju-Seok Seo, Jang Hee Cho, Harin Jung, Ju-Kon Kim, Jong Seob Lee, Sangkee Rhee, Yang Do Choi
PLOS ONE , 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052802
Abstract: CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1 (COI1) encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex component that interacts with JAZ proteins and targets them for degradation in response to JA signaling. The Arabidopsis genome has a single copy of COI1, but the Oryza sativa genome has three closely related COI homologs. To examine the functions of the three OsCOIs, we used yeast two-hybrid assays to examine their interactions with JAZ proteins and found that OsCOIs interacted with OsJAZs and with JAZs, in a coronatine dependent manner. We also tested whether OsCOI1a and OsCOI1b could complement Arabidopsis coi1-1 mutants and found that overexpression of either gene in the coi1-1 mutant resulted in restoration of JA signal transduction and production of seeds, indicating successful complementation. Although OsCOI2 interacted with a few OsJAZs, we were not able to successfully complement the coi1-1 mutant with OsCOI2. Molecular modeling revealed that the three OsCOIs adopt 3D structures similar to COI1. Structural differences resulting from amino acid variations, especially among amino acid residues involved in the interaction with coronatine and JAZ proteins, were tested by mutation analysis. When His-391 in OsCOI2 was substituted with Tyr-391, OsCOI2 interacted with a wider range of JAZ proteins, including OsJAZ1, 2, 5~9 and 11, and complemented coi1-1 mutants at a higher frequency than the other OsCOIs and COI1. These results indicate that the three OsCOIs are orthologues of COI1 and play key roles in JA signaling.
Effects of laminar shear stress versus resveratrol on the citrulline-NO cycle in endothelial cells  [PDF]
Sue Im Jang, Yong Chool Boo
Advances in Biological Chemistry (ABC) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/abc.2013.31003

Laminar shear stress (LSS) due to pulsatile blood flow enhances endothelial function by multiple mechanisms including NO production. Red wine and its constituent, resveratrol, have also been postulated to provide vascular protective effects. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of mechanical LSS and pharmacological resveratrol treatments on the endothelial citrulline-NO cycle. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with LSS (12 dyn·cm-2) or resveratrol (25 - 100 μM). The expressions of argininosuccinate synthetase 1 (ASS1), argininosuccinate lyase (ASL), nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) and cationic amino acid transporter 1 (CAT1), and the production of NO were determined. The expressions of Kruppel-like factor (KLF) 2 and KLF4 as upstream regulators of ASS1 and NOS3 were also analyzed. LSS strongly increased the mRNA levels of ASS1 (8.3 fold) and NOS3 (5.4 fold) without significant effects on ASL and CAT1 mRNAs. Resveratrol increased the ASS1 mRNA level in a dose-dependent manner up to 3.8 fold at 100 μM. The effects of resveratrol on the expressions of KLF2 and KLF4 mRNAs were smaller than those of LSS. Protein levels of ASS1 and NOS3, and NO production were markedly increased by LSS but resveratrol (50 μM) increased only ASS1 protein level. The results of the current study showed that LSS had greater effects on the citrulline-NO cycle activity leading to NO production, compared to resveratrol. Because resveratrol was not so effective at stimulating the endothelial citrulline-NO cycle, further studies are needed to find more potent drugs that increase the expression of ASS1 and NOS3 genes.

Plasma B-type Natriuretic Peptide Level in Patients with Acute Cerebral Infarction according to Infarction Subtype and Infarction Volume
Seo Hyun Kim, Ji-Yong Lee, Sang Hyun Park, Hyun-Chan Jang, Eun Ju Lim, Sei-Jin Chang, Sung-Soo Lee
International Journal of Medical Sciences , 2013,
Abstract: Background: Plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is used as a diagnostic marker of cardiovascular diseases. BNP is secreted mainly from the myocardium and has been detected by immunoreactivity in brain and cerebral arteries. The aim of our study was to investigate plasma BNP in patients with acute cerebral infarction according to infarction subtype and infarction volume. Methods: We studied 141 patients with acute cerebral infarction, classified as large artery atherosclerosis (LAA), cardioembolism (CE), or small vessel disease (SA) according to the Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment classification. Plasma BNP level was measured in patients and 61 healthy controls. We analyzed various clinical and laboratory variables of patients according to plasma BNP level. Results: Compared to controls, the patients had higher plasma BNP (11.9 ± 11.7 pg/mL versus 124.6 ± 228.8 pg/mL, p <0.01). The highest quartile BNP group was associated with advanced age, female gender, current non-smoker, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, CE group, increased white blood cell counts, increased high sensitivity C-reactive protein, increased left atrium size, decreased left ventricular ejection fraction, increased initial National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, and increased infarction volume. According to multiple regression analysis, CE group, female gender, and infarction volume were independently associated with plasma BNP. Plasma BNP level showed statistically significant differences among LAA (n = 71), CE (n = 50), and SA (n = 20) groups (p <0.001), and the expression decreased in order of CE (253.8 ± 337.1 pg/mL), LAA (61.6 ± 78.8 pg/mL), and SA (25.3 ± 24.8 pg/mL). Increased plasma BNP correlated with increased infarction volume (r = 0.42, p <0.001). Conclusions: Plasma BNP may be helpful for prediction of etiologic classification of acute cerebral infarction and infarction volume.
Natural Killer Cells from Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis Have Impaired Effector Functions
Ji Heui Kim, Gye Eun Kim, Gye Song Cho, Hyung-Joon Kwon, Chul Hyun Joo, Hun Sik Kim, Yong Ju Jang
PLOS ONE , 2013, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077177
Abstract: Natural killer (NK) cells are multicompetent lymphocytes of the innate immune system that play a central role in host defense and immune regulation. Although increasing evidence suggests that innate immunity plays a key role in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), the role of NK cells in CRS has been poorly studied. This study aimed to characterize the peripheral blood NK cells from patients with CRS, and to compare the functions of these cells with those from non-CRS controls. The correlation between NK cell functional activity and prognosis was also assessed. Eighteen CRS patients and 19 healthy non-CRS controls were included. The patients with CRS were classified into two subgroups, namely a treatment-responsive group and recalcitrant group. NK cell degranulation was determined by measuring the cell surface expression of CD107a against 721.221 and K562 cells. Intracytoplasmic cytokine production was determined by flow cytometry. Compared to the controls, the NK cells of CRS group had an impaired ability to degranulate and to produce cytokines such as IFN-γ and TNF-α. The recalcitrant subgroup showed the most severe defects in NK cell effector functions. Moreover, the decreased NK cell functions in patients with CRS were associated with poor prognostic factors such as concomitant asthma and peripheral blood eosinophilia. NK cells, which were originally named for their ability to mediate spontaneous cytotoxicity towards diseased cells including infected cells, may play an important role in regulating the inflammatory process in CRS pathogenesis.
On the Vlasov-Poisson-Fokker-Planck equation near Maxwellian
Hyung Ju Hwang,Juhi Jang
Mathematics , 2011,
Abstract: We establish the exponential time decay rate of smooth solutions of small amplitude to the Vlasov-Poisson-Fokker-Planck equations to the Maxwellian both in the whole space and in the periodic box via the uniform-in-time energy estimates and also the macroscopic equations.
Selective Translational Repression of Truncated Proteins from Frameshift Mutation-Derived mRNAs in Tumors
Kwon Tae You,Long Shan Li,Nam-Gyun Kim,Hyun Ju Kang,Kwi Hye Koh,Yong-Joon Chwae,Kyoung Mi Kim,Yoon Ki Kim,Sung Mi Park,Sung Key Jang,Hoguen Kim
PLOS Biology , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050109
Abstract: Frameshift and nonsense mutations are common in tumors with microsatellite instability, and mRNAs from these mutated genes have premature termination codons (PTCs). Abnormal mRNAs containing PTCs are normally degraded by the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) system. However, PTCs located within 50–55 nucleotides of the last exon–exon junction are not recognized by NMD (NMD-irrelevant), and some PTC-containing mRNAs can escape from the NMD system (NMD-escape). We investigated protein expression from NMD-irrelevant and NMD-escape PTC-containing mRNAs by Western blotting and transfection assays. We demonstrated that transfection of NMD-irrelevant PTC-containing genomic DNA of MARCKS generates truncated protein. In contrast, NMD-escape PTC-containing versions of hMSH3 and TGFBR2 generate normal levels of mRNA, but do not generate detectable levels of protein. Transfection of NMD-escape mutant TGFBR2 genomic DNA failed to generate expression of truncated proteins, whereas transfection of wild-type TGFBR2 genomic DNA or mutant PTC-containing TGFBR2 cDNA generated expression of wild-type protein and truncated protein, respectively. Our findings suggest a novel mechanism of gene expression regulation for PTC-containing mRNAs in which the deleterious transcripts are regulated either by NMD or translational repression.
A pilot study to evaluate the effect of Taeumjowi-tang on obesity in Korean adults: study protocol for a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial
Sunju Park, Jeong-Su Park, ChunHoo Cheon, Yong Joon Yang, Changsuk An, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Yun-Kyung Song, Hoyeon Go, Ju Ah Lee, Yongcheol Shin, Seong-Gyu Ko
Trials , 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-33
Abstract: Our study is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical trial of Taeumjowi-tang (TJ001). For this study, we will recruit obese Korean patients of both sexes, ages 18 to 65 years, from four university hospitals. A total of 104 subjects will be recruited. The participants will receive either 7 g of TJ001 or a placebo three times daily for 12 weeks. The primary end point will be the rate of subjects who lose at least 5% of their baseline body weight. The secondary end points will be changes in body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference, waist/hip circumference ratio, lipid profiles, body fat composition, blood pressure, fasting glucose concentration, C-reactive protein and questionnaires related to the quality of life. The outcomes will be measured every 4 weeks. The study period will be 12 weeks and will include a total of five visits with each subject (at screening and at 0, 4, 8 and 12 weeks).The results of our study will inform various estimates of TJ001 and will serve as the basis for a larger-scale trial. This study will assess the efficacy and safety of TJ001 as an alternative herbal remedy for obesity.Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN87153759The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines "obesity" as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health [1]. Treatment of obesity is important because this chronic, noncommunicable disease causes not only a range of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, various metabolic syndromes and certain cancers [1-3], but also social problems. In addition to the global incidence of obesity, obesity has become one of the most life-threatening problems in Korea. The Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that the overall prevalence of Korean adult obesity in 2008 was 30.7%, compared with 21.8% in 1998 [4]. The survey defined adults as individuals who are at least 20 years old, and obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) 25 kg/m2 ac
Clinical implications of fatty pancreas: Correlations between fatty pancreas and metabolic syndrome
Jun Seok Lee, Sang Heum Kim, Dae Won Jun, Jee Hye Han, Eun Chul Jang, Ji Young Park, Byung Kwan Son, Seong Hwan Kim, Yoon Ju Jo, Young Sook Park, Yong Soo Kim
World Journal of Gastroenterology , 2009,
Abstract: AIM: To investigate the clinical implications of lipid deposition in the pancreas (fatty pancreas).METHODS: The subjects of this study were 293 patients who had undergone abdominal computed tomography (CT) and sonography. Fatty pancreas was diagnosed by sonographic findings and subdivided into mild, moderate, and severe fatty pancreas groups comparing to the retroperitoneal fat echogenicity.RESULTS: Fatty pancreas was associated with higher levels for visceral fat, waist circumference, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), total cholesterol, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein, free fatty acid, γ-GTP, insulin, and the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) than the control group (P < 0.05). HOMA-IR, visceral fat, triglyceride, and ALT also tended to increase with the degree of fat deposition in the pancreas on sonography. In a multivariate logistic regression analysis, HOMA-IR, visceral fat, and ALT level were independently related to fatty pancreas after adjustment for age, body mass index, and lipid profile. The incidence of metabolic syndrome in the fatty pancreas group was significantly higher than in the control group, and the numbers of metabolic syndrome parameters were significantly higher in the fatty pancreas group (P < 0.05).CONCLUSION: Sonographic fatty pancrease showed higher insulin resistance, visceral fat area, triglyceride, and ALT levels than normal pancreases. Fatty pancreas also showed a strong correlation with metabolic syndrome.
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