Jung Ho Sohn

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PURPOSE To explore the role of the complement system and complement regulatory proteins in an immune-privileged organ, the eye. METHODS Eyes of normal Lewis rats were analyzed for the expression of complement regulatory proteins, membrane cofactor protein (MCP), decay-acceleration factor (DAF), membrane inhibitor of reactive lysis (MIRL, CD59), and cell(More)
Although zinc deficiency may contribute to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the pathogenic mechanism is as yet uncertain. In light of evidence that cellular zinc depletion induces apoptosis in cortical neurons and thymocytes, in the present study, we examined the possibility that the same phenomenon occurs also in retinal cells. Exposure of primary(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Development of a headache after aneurysm coil embolization is not uncommon but has received little attention. The authors prospectively analyze the characteristics and risk factors of a headache after coiling in patients treated for an unruptured cerebral aneurysm. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ninety patients treated for an unruptured(More)
Oxidative stress has been proposed as a major injury mechanism in the central nervous system including the retina. In this study, as an initial attempt to study the mechanism of oxidative injury in the retina, we developed a cell culture model by utilizing the iron exposure paradigm. Exposure of rat retinal cultures for 24 hours to 10-40 MicroM ferrous or(More)
Single unit recordings were made from the ventral posterior lateral thalamus of anaesthetized rats to characterize responses to the activation of new receptive fields induced by either local anaesthesia or amputation. Receptive fields confined to single digits were identified and evoked unit responses to the stimulation of single digits were quantitated(More)
Stimulation of the periaqueductal gray matter (PAG) is known to modulate nociception at the spinal level. Several studies have suggested that nociception may also be modulated via ascending projections from the PAG. To study this hypothesis, the descending pathway was selectively disrupted immediately caudal to the PAG in 28 rats. Twenty-eight additional(More)
PURPOSE To identify the molecules in normal human intraocular fluid (aqueous humor and vitreous) that inhibit the functional activity of the complement system. METHODS Aqueous humor and vitreous were obtained from patients with noninflammatory ocular disease at the time of surgery. Samples were incubated with normal human serum (NHS), and the mixture(More)
PURPOSE Although zinc deficiency may contribute to the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration, how it leads to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) degeneration is unknown. To investigate this, cultured human RPE cells were rendered zinc depleted with a membrane-permeant metal chelator, N,N,N',N-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl) ethylenediamine (TPEN), and(More)
The activity of the serine protease in the German cockroach allergen is important to the development of allergic disease. The protease-activated receptor (PAR)-2, which is expressed in numerous cell types in lung tissue, is known to mediate the cellular events caused by inhaled serine protease. Alveolar macrophages express PAR-2 and produce considerable(More)
Both nictitating membrane extension and eyelid EMG activity were measured during classical conditioning of rabbits to tone-airpuff pairings. Both measures were highly correlated. Over trials, learning criterion was met earlier with eyelid EMG activity than with nictitating membrane extension. Within a trial, eyelid EMG preceded and was more robust than(More)