Bong-Keun Song

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Functional screening for lipolytic enzymes at low temperatures resulted in the isolation of the novel cold-active esterases, EstM-N1 and EstM-N2, from a metagenomic DNA library of arctic soil samples. EstM-N1 and EstM-N2 were 395 and 407 amino acids in length, respectively, and showed the highest similarity to class C β-lactamases. However, they shared a(More)
Taraxacum officinale (TO) has been frequently used as a remedy for women's disease (e.g. breast and uterus cancer) and disorders of the liver and gallbladder. Several earlier studies have indicated that TO exhibits anti-tumor properties, but its mechanism remains to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the effect of TO on the cytotoxicity and(More)
Coptidis rhizoma (CR) is a herb used in many traditional prescriptions against diabetes mellitus in Asia for centuries. Our purpose was to determine the protective effect and its action mechanism of CR on the cytotoxicity of pancreatic beta-cells. Nitric oxide (NO) is believed to play a key role in the process of pancreatic beta-cell destruction leading to(More)
Mast cells are key as effector cells in the early phase allergic inflammation and in diverse immunological and pathological processes. Forsythia fructus (F. fructus) has used as a traditional medicine for inflammatory diseases. In the present study, we determined the effect of F. fructus extracts on compound 48/80-induced paw oedema and vascular(More)
AIM To investigate the effect of Patrinia scabiosaefolia (PS) on the cholecystokinin (CCK) octapeptide-induced acute pancreatitis (AP) in rats. METHODS Wistar rats weighing 240-260 g were divided into three groups: (1) Normal saline-treated group; (2) treatment with PS at 100 mg/kg group, in which PS was administered orally, followed by subcutaneous(More)
BACKGROUND Substances inducing apoptosis have shown efficacy in the treatment of cancers. Poncirus trifoliata (L.) Raf. (Rutaceae) fruits (PTF) has been used for the treatment of various cancers among Korean Oriental Medical doctors. METHODS PTF-induced cytotoxicity of human leukemia HL-60 cells was monitored by the MTT assay. The apoptosis was determined(More)
Oriental medicine, since its origin in China, has had a long history extending over 2000 years. Today, it comprises several types of medicine predominately practiced in East Asia, including traditional Chinese, traditional Korean, and Kampo medicine. The distinctive medical system of traditional Korean medicine was established shortly after the publication(More)
[Purpose] The present study examined whether electro-acupuncture therapy reduces post-stroke depression (PSD) and whether motor function impairments interact with the effects of the therapy. [Subjects] Twenty-eight PSD patients were assessed and assigned to either a good or poor motor function group depending on their motor grade. [Methods] The Beck(More)
BACKGROUND Sophorae radix (SR) has been used for various diseases including atherosclerosis and arrhythmias. Atherosclerosis induced by hyperglycemia is an important factor in the promotion of diabetic complications. An early event in atherosclerosis is the adhesion of monocytes to endothelium via adhesion molecules. Among them, vascular cell adhesion(More)
Oldenlandia diffusa (OD) has been used to treat malignant tumors. In this study using mouse peritoneal macrophages, we have examined the mechanism by which OD regulates nitric oxide (NO) production. When OD (1 mg/ml) was used in combination with 10 U/ml of recombinant interferon-gamma (rIFN-gamma), there was a marked cooperative induction of NO production(More)