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Endogenous expression of human membrane type ganglioside sialidase (Neu3) was examined in various cell lines including NB-1, U87MG, SK-MEL-2, SK-N-MC, HepG2, Hep3B, Jurkat, HL-60, K562, ECV304, Hela and MCF-7. Expression was detected in the neuroblastoma cell lines NB-1 and SK-N-MC, and also in erythroleukemia K562 cells, but not in any other cells. We(More)
A water extract of Panax notoginseng Buck F.H. Chen. (Arialiaceae) root (PN) is being used as a therapeutic agent to stop haemorrhages and as a tonic to promote health in Korean and Chinese medicine. The pharmacokinetic profiles of PN have not been accurately investigated. The preliminary aim was to elucidate the pharmacokinetic features of PN. First, the(More)
A phenolic compound responsible for anti-MMP-9, which is known to be involved in tumor cell invasion and metastasis, has been isolated from methanol extracts prepared from stem barks of Euonymus alatus by assay-guided fractionation. The compound has been identified as 5-caffeoylquinic acid (chlorogenic acid; CHA) by NMR and FAB-MS. CHA showed a strong(More)
The critical initiating event in atherogenesis involves the invasion of monocytes through the endothelial walls of arteries and the transformation of monocytes from macrophages into foam cells. Human THP-1 monocytic cells can be induced to differentiate into macrophages by phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) and can then be converted into foam cells by exposure(More)
In the present study, we investigated the protective effect of Lycium chinense Miller (Solanaceae) fruit (LFE) against CCl(4)-induced hepatotoxicity and the mechanism underlying these protective effects in rats. The pretreatment of LFE has shown to possess a significant protective effect by lowering the serum aspartate and alanine aminotransferase (AST and(More)
A Korean traditional herbal formulation, Sihoga-Yonggol-Moryo-Tang (SGYMT), is being used for the treatment of many diseases such as tumor, neuropsychiatric, and vascular disorders. The extracts prepared from SGYMT and its herbal ingredients were assayed for the inhibitory effects on tumor-specific matrix metalloproteinases-2 and -9 (MMP-2/9) activities(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) degrades type IV collagen constituting the major structural component of the basement membrane and extra cellular membrane. The enzymatic activity is found to be elevated in tumor tissues. With the aim of finding novel MMP-9 inhibitors from natural products, 87 extracts of oriental medicinal herbs, which are used as(More)
BACKGROUND Propolis has been used as a folk medicine and has several proven biological activities. Herbal remedies recommended for cancer therapies in Korea. METHODS Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9-inhibitory activity of propolis has been assessed. CAPE as an acting compound was isolated and molecular structure was determined. Anti-invasion activity of(More)
The effects on memory and learning ability of the Korean herbal medicine, Saenhyetang (SHT), which is consisted of nine herbs, were investigated. Hot water extracts (HWE-SHT) and ethanol extracts (EE-SHT) were used for the studies. It was shown that N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor 2B (NR2B) was increased in the forebrains of SHT-administrated mice(More)
Anti-bone resorption properties of the Korean herbal formulation, Gami-Honghwain (HJ), which comprises Carthamus tinctorius L. seed and hominis placenta, were investigated. We demonstrate that the production of PGE2 is inhibited by 20-100 microg/ml HJ in nontransformed osteoblastic cells (MC3T3-E1 cells), indicating that HJ inhibits PGE2 production. The(More)