Kun Koo Park

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Glucocorticoid hormones counteract inflammation and phorbol ester tumor promotion and drastically decrease the expression of several extracellular proteases, including collagenase I. Glucocorticoid hormone inhibits basal and induced transcription of collagenase by interfering with AP-1, the major enhancer factor of the collagenase promoter. The mechanism of(More)
Welders with radiographic pneumoconiosis abnormalities have shown a gradual clearing of the X-ray identified effects following removal from exposure. In some cases, the pulmonary fibrosis associated with welding fumes appears in a more severe form in welders. Accordingly, for the early detection of welding-fume-exposure-induced pulmonary fibrosis, the gene(More)
A toxicogenomic chip developed to detect welding-related diseases was tested and validated for field trials. To verify the suitability of the microarray, white blood cells (WBC) or whole blood was purified and characterized from 20 subjects in the control group (average work experience of 7 yr) and 20 welders in the welding-fume exposed group (welders with(More)
The role of myo-inositol in the regulation of taurine transport in activated murine macrophage cell line, RAW 264.7, was studied. Challenge of RAW 264.7 murine macrophages for 24 hr with phorbol ester 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) (10 ng/ml), a PKC activator, resulted in a 62% decrease in taurine transport activity. Among the various monosaccharides (1 mM)(More)
Taurine-induced changes in the expression profiles of HepG2 cells were assessed using a cDNA microarray technology, and confirmed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analyses. Of 8,298 human genes on the microarray, 128 genes (87 known genes) were up-regulated, and 349 (206 known genes) were down-regulated more than(More)
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