Jung-Hoon Kang

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The protein association of estrogen receptor α ERα with DNA-bound SP1 and C/EBPβ is essential for the 17β-estradiol (E2)-induced activation of human prolactin receptor (hPRLR) gene transcription. Protein-protein interaction and complex formation at the hPIII promoter of hPRLR was investigated. The basic region and leucine zipper (bZIP) of C/EBPβ, zinc(More)
Cytokines that are released by infiltrating inflammatory cells around the pancreatic islets are involved in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes mellitus. Specifically, interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) stimulates inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression and nitric oxide overproduction, leading to the beta-cell damage. In activating this pathway, nuclear(More)
The catalytic subunit of gamma-glutamylcysteine ligase (GCLC) catalyses the rate-limiting step in the de novo synthesis of glutathione (GSH), which is involved in maintaining intracellular redox balance. GSH is especially important for antioxidant defense system since beta-cells show intrinsically low expression of antioxidant enzymes. In the present study,(More)
Gonadotropin-regulated testicular RNA helicase (GRTH/DDX25), a testis-specific member of the DEAD-box family, is an essential post-transcriptional regulator of spermatogenesis. Failure of expression of Transition protein 2 (TP2) and Protamine 2 (Prm2) proteins (chromatin remodelers, essential for spermatid elongation and completion of spermatogenesis) with(More)
We investigated the effects of three sizes of polystyrene (PS) microbeads (0.05, 0.5, and 6-μm diameter) on the survival, development, and fecundity of the copepod Tigriopus japonicus using acute and chronic toxicity tests. T. japonicus ingested and egested all three sizes of PS beads used and exhibited no selective feeding when phytoplankton were added.(More)
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) induces several immediate early response genes such as c-fos, c-jun, and early growth response-1 (Egr-1), which are involved in cell proliferation and differentiation. We recently reported that exendin-4 (EX-4), a potent GLP-1 agonist, upregulated Egr-1 expression via phosphorylation of CREB, a transcription factor in INS-1(More)
To assess the effects of crude oil spills on marine microbial communities, 10 L outdoor microcosms were manipulated over an exposure period of 8 days. The responses of microbial organisms exposed to five crude oil concentrations in 10 to 10,000 ppm (v/v) were monitored in the microcosms. The abundance of microalgae and copepods decreased rapidly upon the(More)
Determining the exact abundance of microplastics on the sea surface can be susceptible to the sampling method used. The sea surface microlayer (SML) can accumulate light plastic particles, but this has not yet been sampled. The abundance of microplastics in the SML was evaluated off the southern coast of Korea. The SML sampling method was then compared to(More)
Cytokines such as interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) stimulate inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression and nitric oxide overproduction leading to beta-cell damage. Meanwhile, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and its potent analog exendin-4 (EX-4) were well known for beta-cell proliferation. However, the protective mechanisms of GLP-1 in beta-cells(More)
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) expression has previously been shown to be regulated primarily at the level of transcription. In the present study, transcriptional control was not involved in the induction of TSP1 by heat shock. In contrast, heat shock caused significant stabilization of TSP1 mRNA. Fusion of the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of TSP1 mRNA, with a(More)