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Oxytocin stimulates the cardiomyogenesis of embryonic stem cells and adult cardiac stem cells. We previously reported that oxytocin has a promigratory effect on umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UCB-MSCs). In this study, UCB-MSCs were cultured with oxytocin and examined for their therapeutic effect in an infarcted heart. UCB-MSCs were(More)
'Solid-phase' PEGylation, in which a conjugation reaction attaches proteins to a solid matrix, has distinct advantages over the conventional, solution-phase process. We report a case study in which recombinant interferon (rhIFN) alpha-2a was adsorbed to a cation-exchange resin and PEGylated at the N-terminus by 5, 10, and 20 kDa mPEG aldehydes through(More)
Thermo-responsive hydrogel-mediated gene transfer may be preferred for the muscle, because the release of DNA into the surrounding tissue can be controlled by the 3-dimensional structure of the hydrogel. Such a system for the controlled release of a therapeutic gene may extend the duration of gene expression. Here, a thermo-responsive, biodegradable(More)
Angiogenesis is the main therapeutic mechanism of cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases, but diabetes is reported to reduce the function and number of progenitor cells. Therefore, we studied the effect of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on the bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) function, and examined whether diabetes-impaired MSC could be rescued by(More)
Despite development of therapeutic modalities, myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury remains an important cause of cardiac dysfunction. Multiple strategies exist experimentally, but few are clinically available. Nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) is a key transcription factor in the inflammatory response and is implicated in I/R injury. We hypothesized(More)
Recent studies show that oxytocin has various effects on cellular behaviors. Oxytocin is reported to stimulate cardiomyogenesis of embryonic stem cells and endothelial cell proliferation. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are widely used for cardiac repair, and we elucidated the effect of oxytocin on umbilical cord derived-MSCs (UCB-MSCs). UCB-MSCs were(More)
Curcumin, a polyphenolic compound derived from turmeric, has protective effects on myocardial injury through attenuation of oxidative stress and inflammation. Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), a key mediator of the innate immune system, is involved in myocardial infarction and examined if controlled by curcumin. Rat cardiomyocytes (CMs) were stimulated with(More)
a Department of Cardiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Republic of Korea b Heart Research Center, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Republic of Korea c Department of Molecular Medicine and Advanced Chemical & Engineering, Chonnam National University Graduate School, Gwangju, Republic of Korea d Center for Functional Nano(More)