Hun Hee Kang

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A number of basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors are known to function in stress signaling in plants but few have thus far been functionally characterized in rice. In our current study in rice, we have newly isolated and characterized the OsABF1 (Oryza sativa ABA responsive element binding factor 1) gene that encodes a bZIP transcription(More)
Exposure to loud noise can induce temporary or permanent hearing loss, and acoustic trauma is the major cause of hearing impairment in industrial nations. However, the mechanisms underlying the death of hair cells after acoustic trauma remain unclear. In addition to its involvement in cellular stress and apoptosis, the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), a(More)
BACKGROUND Ear surgery using mastoid drills can lead to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). We investigated whether inhaled anesthetics or pentobarbital could have protective effects on NIHL in mice. METHODS Mice were exposed to broad band white noise for 3 h per day for 3 consecutive days, with or without anesthesia, using halothane, isoflurane, or(More)
HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES To examine the protective effect of general anesthesia with isoflurane against noise-induced hearing loss in mice. STUDY DESIGN Animal study using noise stimulation and measurement of hearing in BALB/c mice. METHODS Mice were exposed to 122 dB peak equivalent sound pressure level click noise for 3 hours per day for 3 consecutive(More)
CONCLUSION The early post-exposure treatment with All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) can reduce hair cell loss and hearing deterioration in mice in which permanent threshold shift has been induced. OBJECTIVE One of the mechanism by which intense noise induces apoptosis of cochlea hair cells is the C-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway. ATRA is a potent(More)
CONCLUSION After a noise-induced transient threshold shift, hypoxia occurred in the central nervous system, especially in the auditory cortex, the hippocampus, and the inferior colliculus. OBJECTIVES Noise-induced inner ear hypoxia was shown by measurement of an increase in hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha, which is expressed? in the nucleus under hypoxic(More)
We assessed the relationship between changes in corticosterone concentrations and hearing in mice exposed to noise during the light (inactive) and dark (active) phases. Serum corticosterone concentrations and hearing levels were measured before, and 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 days after, noise exposure between 8:00-11:00 h and 15:00-18:00 h. Serum corticosterone(More)
We report a case of methimazole-induced acute hepatic failure, which occurred 17 weeks after initiation of the drug in a 43-year-old man with hyperthyroidism and hepatitis B surface antigenemia. Postmortem needle autopsy of the liver revealed an established micronodular cirrhosis secondary to hepatitis B with moderate septal/portal inflammation, marked(More)
There have been numerous reports on the relationship between eosinophilia and toxocariasis. The present study investigated seropositive rates of toxocariasis among healthy people with or without eosinophilia in urban and rural areas, and assessed risk factors for positive antibody test. A total of 610 healthy people, who visited health check-up (Medicheck®,(More)
We fed DBA mice with alpha-lipoic acid (100 mg/kg body weight/day), beginning 2, 4, or 8 weeks after birth. Hearing thresholds were measured weekly. At 12 weeks after birth, control mice not fed with alpha-lipoic acid showed significant hearing decreases at all frequencies. In contrast, mice fed with alpha-lipoic acid beginning at 2 weeks after birth showed(More)