Kang-Woo Lee

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alpha-Synuclein is a key protein in Parkinson's disease (PD) because it accumulates as fibrillar aggregates in pathologic hallmark features in affected brain regions, most notably in nigral dopaminergic neurons. Intraneuronal levels of this protein appear critical in mediating its toxicity, because multiplication of its gene locus leads to autosomal(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by genetic and non-genetic factors. Most AD cases may be triggered and promoted by non-genetic environmental factors. Clinical studies have reported that patients with AD show enhanced baseline levels of stress hormones in the blood, but their physiological significance with respect(More)
DJ-1, which is linked to recessively inherited Parkinson's disease when mutated, is a multi-functional protein with anti-oxidant and transcription regulatory activities. However, the mechanism(s) through which DJ-1 and the genes it regulates provide neuroprotection is not fully understood. Here, we show that wild-type DJ-1 induces the expression of(More)
Opioid drugs produce their pharmacological effects by activating inhibitory guanine nucleotide-binding regulatory protein-linked mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptors. One major effector for these receptors is adenylyl cyclase, which is inhibited upon receptor activation. However, little is known about which of the ten known forms of adenylyl cyclase are(More)
DJ-1 is a multifunctional protein linked to recessively inherited Parkinson's disease (PD) due to loss of function mutations. Among its activities is anti-oxidant property leading to cytoprotection under oxidative stress conditions. A key effector of oxidant-induced cell death is the MAP3 kinase apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) which is bound to(More)
This paper introduces a performance model of a recently proposed backoff technique named NO-BEB(NonOverlapping Binary Exponential Backoff) algorithm over IEEE 802.15.4, which is designed for LR-WPAN(Low Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks). To lessen the collision rate in highly populated wireless networks, NO-BEB tries to evenly distribute the random(More)
α-Synuclein (α-Syn) is a key protein that accumulates as hyperphosphorylated aggregates in pathologic hallmark features of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. Phosphorylation of this protein at serine 129 is believed to promote its aggregation and neurotoxicity, suggesting that this post-translational modification could be a(More)
Recent morphologic analyses of human pancreases strongly suggest that a decreased beta-cell mass is observed from the early stages of diabetes and is caused by accelerated apoptosis of the beta-cells. In this article, we propose that fibrotic islet destruction might be one of the important pathogenic mechanisms of the limited capacity of beta-cell(More)
Chorea-ballism is a rare form of movement disorder complicated by severe hyperglycaemia and in association with a contralateral basal ganglia lesion. We analysed the clinical characteristics of 25 Korean patients with chorea-ballism associated with nonketotic hyperglycaemia or diabetic ketoacidosis. Possible mechanisms of disease are also discussed.
Numerous transgenic mouse models for Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been generated to recapitulate the histological pathogenesis and behavioral phenotypes of AD brain. However, none of the existing models exhibits the full spectrum of AD symptoms, nor have all of the traits mimicked by the developed animal models been successfully represented within a single(More)