Han-Chul Lee

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BACKGROUND Three typical folate metabolism enzymes-i.e. methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MS) and MS reductase (MTRR) in the folate cycle-play a critical role in DNA synthesis and methylation reactions. We evaluated whether polymorphisms of these three enzymes are associated with non-obstructive male infertility. METHOD(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNA) are a class of small (∼22 nucleotides) noncoding RNAs that regulate diverse biological processes at the post-transcriptional level. MiRNAs have great potential for forensic body fluid identification because they are expressed in a tissue specific manner and are less prone to degradation. Previous studies reported several miRNAs as body(More)
DNA methylation, which occurs at the 5'-position of the cytosine in CpG dinucleotides, has great potential for forensic identification of body fluids, because tissue-specific patterns of DNA methylation have been demonstrated, and DNA is less prone to degradation than proteins or RNA. Previous studies have reported several body fluid-specific DNA(More)
MicroRNAs act as negative regulators of gene expression, and the altered expression of microRNAs by epigenetic mechanisms is strongly implicated in carcinogenesis. Here we report that the microRNA-10b gene (miR-10b) was silenced in gastric cancer cells by promoter methylation. In this study, using a methylation array and bisulfate pyrosequencing analysis,(More)
Human follicular fluid (HFF) includes various biologically active proteins which can affect follicle growth and oocyte fertilization. Thus far, these proteins from mature follicles in human follicular fluid have been poorly characterized. Here, two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE) with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass(More)
A large-scale, genome-wide association study was performed to identify genetic variations influencing serum bilirubin levels using 8841 Korean individuals. Significant associations were observed at UGT1A1 (rs11891311, P = 4.78 x 10(-148)) and SLCO1B3 (rs2417940, P = 1.03 x 10(-17)), which are two previously identified loci. The two single-nucleotide(More)
The LAMB3 and LAMC2 genes encode the laminin-5 β3 and γ2 chains, respectively, which are parts of laminin-5, one of the major components of the basement membrane zone. Here, we report the frequent up-regulation of LAMB3 and LAMC2 by promoter demethylation in gastric cancer. Gene expression data analysis showed that LAMB3 and LAMC2 were up-regulated in(More)
In a previous study, human ZNF312b was identified as a cell proliferation-associated oncogene via the K-ras/extracellular signal-regulated kinase cascade in gastric cancer. However, the mechanism concerning its transcriptional activation remains unknown. Here, we show that DNA methylation and histone acetylation of the ZNF312b promoter function as a switch(More)
In forensics, age prediction is useful to narrow down the number of potential suspects because it can provide some general characteristics for predicting appearance. Previous genome-wide studies based on DNA methylation have reported age prediction algorithms using a penalized multivariate regression method known as elastic net and a few dozen to hundreds(More)
In forensic science, identifying a tissue where a forensic specimen was originated is one of the principal challenges. Messenger RNA (mRNA) profile clearly reveals tissue-specific gene expression patterns that many attempts have been made to use RNA for forensic tissue identification. To systematically investigate the body-fluid-specific expression of mRNAs(More)