Min-Kyung Nam

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ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Dioscorea japonica Thunb. has been traditionally used to treat polyuria and diabetes in Korea. AIM OF THE STUDY We previously report the effects of Dioscorea japonica Thunb. extract on glucose control, NGF induction, and neuroprotection in a rodent diabetic model. Since the most potent fraction, DA-9801, was identified from(More)
Scatter factor (SF), also known as hepatocyte growth factor, is angiogenic in systemic tissue, and SF titers correlate with the malignancy and metastatic phenotype of certain systemic cancers. Human gliomas express SF and its receptor c-met, but their role in the malignant progression of these tumors has not been defined. To examine this, 9L glioma cells(More)
We have shown previously that the multifunctional cytokine scatter factor/hepatocyte growth factor (SF/HGF) is elevated in human malignant gliomas. In this study we investigated how human SF/HGF expression affects the malignancy of the U373 human glioblastoma cell line in vivo and in vitro. Human SF/HGF gene transfer increased U373 glioblastoma(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) is an endothelial cell mitogen and serves as a mitogen and/or differentiating factor that can be neuroprotective for other cell types within the CNS. We established brain microvascular endothelial cell lines that secrete FGF-1 with the ultimate goal of examining their usefulness as a cellular platform for FGF gene delivery to(More)
Ubiquitin (Ub) carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) has dual functions, such as hydrolase activity on the chemical bonds formed by the C-terminal Gly of Ub and dimerization-dependent ubiquitin ligase activity. Accumulating evidence suggests that dual activities of UCH-L1 were intimately associated with Parkinson's diseases (PD) and cancer. However, the(More)
Malignant brain neoplasms present great therapeutic challenges due to their extremely aggressive behavior and relative isolation by the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers. Endothelial cells may be versatile platforms for delivering genes to solid tumors by virtue of their location at blood-tissue interfaces and their proliferation in response to(More)
The glutathione S-transferase (GST) system is useful for increasing protein solubility and purifying soluble GST fusion proteins. However, purifying half of the GST fusion proteins is still difficult, because they are virtually insoluble under non-denaturing conditions. To optimize a simple and rapid purification condition for GST-pyruvate kinase muscle 2(More)
The serine protease HtrA2 is important in regulating not only apoptosis but also cellular homeostasis. Recently, several lines of evidence suggest that HtrA2 may be intimately associated with Parkin; however, little is known about the functional relationships between HtrA2 and Parkin. Here we have shown that HtrA2 is co-localized with Parkin in the cytosol(More)
Recent studies provide some evidence that the HtrA2 protein is intimately associated with the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders and that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) quality control and ER stress-associated cell death play critical roles in neuronal cell death. However, little is known about the intimate relationship between HtrA2 and ER(More)
Serine protease activity of high temperature requrement 2 (HtrA2) is essential for promoting cell death, as well as for protecting against cellular stresses. An X-ray crystallographic study described the formation of a pyramid shaped homotrimer that is a proteolytically competent form of HtrA2; however, little is known about effects of the trimeric(More)