Byoung Won Kang

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Membrane microdomains (lipid rafts) are now recognized as critical for proper compartmentalization of insulin signaling, but their role in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance has not been investigated. Detergent-resistant membrane microdomains (DRMs), isolated in the low-density fractions, are highly enriched in cholesterol, glycosphingolipids and(More)
Culture supernatants of splenocytes from C57BL/6 mice were exposed to 0.3, 1.0, and 3.0 microg/ml cordycepin plus 3.0 microg/ml lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to investigate the effects of cordycepin (3'-deoxyadenosine) on the production of inflammatory cytokines. Co-administration of 3.0 microg/ml cordycepin with LPS in cultured murine spleen cells significantly(More)
A fibrinolytic enzyme of the mushroom, Schizophyllum commune was purified with chromatographic methods, including a DEAE-Sephadex A-50 ion-exchange column and gel filtrations with Sephadex G-75 and Sephadex G-50 columns. The analysis of fibrin-zymography and SDS-PAGE showed that the enzyme was a monomeric subunit that was estimated to be approximately 17(More)
We conducted a time course experiment on mycelial cultures of Laetiporus sulphureus var. miniatus. The strain showed significant survival in an initial pH range of 2.0 to 7.0 for 24 days, during which time oxalic acid was accumulated. A structural analysis of purified exopolysaccharide suggested that it contained 96.1% glucose, and the mode of linkage was(More)
The extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) was isolated from mycelial cultures of Laetiporus sulphureus var. miniatus and purified by DEAE cellulose and Sephadex G-50 column chromatography. The purified EPS (EPS-2-1) was composed of only glucose units and its molecular mass was 6.95 kDa. The chemical structure of EPS-2-1 consisted of a main chain containing(More)
The facile synthesis of a series of 2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)benzofurans (4a-e) is described. The one-pot reaction of 4-substituted phenols with the chloride 1 in the presence of zinc chloride afforded 3-methylthio-2-(4-acetoxyphenyl)benzofurans (2a-e). The compounds 4a-e were obtained from the hydrolysis of 2a-e followed by the desulfurization of the resulting(More)
The anti-inflammatory mechanism of 5-hydroxy-3,6,7,8,3',4'-hexamethoxyflavone (5HHMF), a polyhydroxyflavone isolated from the marine algae Hizikia fusiforme, was investigated in RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cells. Western blot and reverse transcriptase PCR analyses indicated that adding 5HHMF to cultured cells significantly reduced the production of nitric(More)
Cordycepin is the main functional component of Cordyceps militaris, which has been widely used in oriental traditional medicine. This compound has been shown to possess many pharmacological properties, such as enhancing the body's immune function, and anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anticancer effects. In the present study, we investigated the apoptotic(More)
New sulfonated amino ribofuranans were synthesized to elucidate the relationship between structure and specific biological activities such as anti-HIV and blood anticoagulant activities. The synthesis was performed by sulfonation of copolymers having various proportion of (1 --> 5)-alpha-D-ribofuranosidic unit. The sulfonation with piperidine N-sulfonic(More)
Cimicifuga rhizoma has long been used in traditional Korean medicine. In particular, a Cimicifuga heracleifolia extract (CHE) was reported to inhibit the formation of glutamate and the glutamate dehydrogenase activity in cultured rat islet. Glutamate activates melanogenesis by activating tyrosinase. Accordingly, it was hypothesized that a CHE might inhibit(More)