Byung-Kwan Lim

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The coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR) is a transmembrane protein that belongs to the family of adhesion molecules. In the postnatal heart, it is localized predominantly at the intercalated disc, where its function is not known. Here, we demonstrate that a first degree or complete block of atrioventricular (AV) conduction developed in the absence(More)
Heart failure in children and adults is often the consequence of myocarditis associated with Coxsackievirus (CV) infection. Upon CV infection, enteroviral protease 2A cleaves a small number of host proteins including dystrophin, which links actin filaments to the plasma membrane of muscle fiber cells (sarcolemma). It is unknown whether protease 2A-mediated(More)
The voltage-gated sodium channel Na(v)1.8 is known to function in the transmission of pain signals induced by cold, heat, and mechanical stimuli. Sequence variants of human Na(v)1.8 have been linked to altered cardiac conduction. We identified an allele of Scn10a encoding the α-subunit of Na(v)1.8 among mice homozygous for N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-induced(More)
OBJECTIVE The coxsackie and adenovirus receptor (CAR) and the decay-accelerating factor (DAF) are receptors for coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3), which is known as the major cause of human viral myocarditis. We investigated the potential for therapeutic use of soluble virus receptor fusion proteins. METHODS We designed and generated a novel virus receptor trap(More)
Efficient myocardial gene transfer in the intact adult heart is difficult using conventional transfer vectors. Since coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is cardiotropic, it may be possible to exploit its cardiotropic characteristics to design a vector for gene transfer to the intact heart. We generated a recombinant CVB3 cDNA by inserting a green fluorescent protein(More)
In order to systemically investigate the possibility of using coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) to deliver foreign genes in vivo, a recombinant strain of CVB3 encoding the renilla gene (CVB3- renilla) was constructed. The recombinant CVB3 resulted in extensive and transient expression of the renilla protein within mouse organs, especially the pancreas. The level of(More)
Cardiac fibrosis and inflammation are major pathologic conditions that result from viral myocarditis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) stimulates fibroblast proliferation and induces production of extracellular matrix molecules. We studied the correlation between CTGF and cardiac fibrosis in an acute Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) myocarditis animal model.(More)
Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have organ-protective effects in heart failure and may be also effective in doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy (DOX-CMP); however, the efficacy of ARBs on the prevention of DOX-CMP have not been investigated. We performed a preclinical experiment to evaluate the preventive effect of a novel ARB, fimasartan, in DOX-CMP.(More)
We purified ORI2 [3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)acrylic acid 1-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-methoxycarbonylethyl ester] from an extract of the plant Isodon excisus. We tested the antiviral effect of ORI2 in a coxsackievirus-induced myocarditis model. Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is a common cause of myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy. Activation of extracellular(More)