Dae Kyun Chung

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It has been reported that soybean peptide fractions isolated from Korean fermented soybean paste exert angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity in vitro. In this study, further purification and identification of the most active fraction inhibiting ACE activity were performed, and its antihypertensive activity in vivo was confirmed.(More)
Lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is a major immunostimulating component in the cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria as lipopolysaccharide of Gram-negative bacteria. However, LTA is expressed on not only pathogenic but also nonpathogenic Gram-positive bacteria. In order to examine whether the immunostimulating potentials of Gram-positive bacteria are correlated with(More)
Staphylococcus aureus, a major sepsis-causing Gram-positive bacterium, invades pulmonary epithelial cells and causes lung diseases. In the lung, alveolar type II epithelial cells play an important role in innate immunity by secreting chemokines and antimicrobial peptides upon bacterial infection whereas type I cells mainly function in gas-exchange. In this(More)
A DNA fragment, which complemented the growth of E. coli both on M9 medium containing raffinose and on LB medium containing ampicillin, IPTG and 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indoxyl-α-d-galactoside, was isolated from the genomic library of Bifidobacterium longum SJ32, which had been digested with EcoRI. In the cloned DNA fragment, a gene encoding a sucrose(More)
OBJECTIVE Lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is an immune-stimulatory component found in the cell wall of lactic acid bacteria, which are a major group of Gram-positive bacteria known to have beneficial health effects in humans. In this study, we evaluated the stimulatory effects of LTAs isolated from different lactobacilli species with mouse macrophage RAW 264.7(More)
Lipoteichoic acid (LTA) is a major immuno-stimulating component of Gram-positive bacteria. LTA from the beneficial bacterium Lactobacillus plantarum induces weak nitric oxide (NO) production in murine macrophages. Currently, it is not clear if LTA from L. plantarum is able to stimulate the innate immune response, even in the presence of inflammation. In the(More)
Antisense RNA targeted against the major capsid protein (MCP) of Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris bacteriophage F4-1 reduced bacteriophage replication by up to 50%. The region containing the mcp gene was oriented to transcribe the antisense strand using a L. lactis subsp. cremoris Wg2 promoter. The size of the mcp insert transcribed affected the level of(More)
Endoglucanase A from Clostridium thermocellum resistant to pancreatic proteinase was selected out of a range of microbial cellulases expressed in lactobacilli. Two Lactobacillus–E. coli expression vectors, harboring the endoglucanase gene from C. thermocellum under the control of its own promoter (pSD1) and the Lactococcus lactis lac A promoter (pSD2), were(More)
Type C-4 strain of Trichoderma harzianum was isolated as a microorganism with high cellulolytic activity. Beta-glucosidase is involved in the last step of cellulose saccharification by degrading cellobiose to glucose, and plays an important role in the cellulase enzyme system with a synergic action with endoglucanase and cellobiohydrolase for cellulose(More)
Extracts from the leaves of Stewartia koreana are known to exhibit strong anti-inflammatory activity. Investigation of bioactive compounds from S. koreana has led to the isolation of 3-O-β-d-glucopyanosylspinasterol (spinasterol-Glc), a spinasterol glycoside. In the present study, we examined the effects of spinasterol-Glc on production of nitric oxide (NO)(More)