S. Katie Moon

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The sterility of the eustachian tube and tympanic cavity of normal individuals is maintained not only by the adaptive immune system, but also by the mucociliary system and the antimicrobial molecules of innate immunity. Mucin production and periciliary fluid homeostasis are essential for normal mucociliary function and dysfunction of this system is an(More)
We reviewed 87 patients who had undergone expansive cervical laminoplasty between 1999 and 2005. These were divided into two groups: those who had diabetes mellitus and those who did not. There were 31 patients in the diabetes group and 56 in the control group. Although a significant improvement in the Japanese Orthopaedic Association score was seen in both(More)
Mistletoe lectins are of high biological activity and exert cytotoxic effects. We have previously shown that Korean mistletoe, Viscum album var. coloratum, lectin-II specifically induces apoptotic cell death in cancer cells, not normal lymphocytes. The destructive mechanism by mistletoe lectins on tumor cells was mediated by activation of c-JUN N-terminal(More)
Mucous hypersecretion is a major complication of otitis media and can prolong the disease course and increase morbidity. Mucin, a major component of mucus, is a macromolecular complex of glycoprotein and makes mucus viscous. Lysozyme is a secretory element of the middle ear mucosa. which has a non-specific and innate antibacterial function. We attempted to(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential diagnostic value of dual-energy CT (DECT) with virtual non-enhanced (VNE) and iodine-only images, and to determine the optimal mixed ratio of blended images for evaluation of pancreatic diseases. METHODS Multiphasic DECT was performed in 44 patients with focal pancreatic disease. DECT was used during the pancreatic(More)
Bioactivity is a property of the ceramic surface which induces biological integration of living soft and hard tissues. The core mechanism of bioactivity is surface biomineralization of calcium phosphate nanocrystallites on ceramics with specific compositions and structures, inspiring acellular and cellular strategies for bio-interactive materials with new(More)
Uwhangchungsimwon (pill, UC) is one of the traditional Korean medical prescriptions that has been most frequently used for stroke. To characterize the effects of UC on human neuronal cells, the human neuroblastoma cell line IMR32 was treated with UC, and cell viability, cell proliferation, apoptosis, and gene expression were analyzed. The effect of UC on(More)
Hwansodan has been used as a prescription for senile and vascular dementia in Oriental medicine. We investigated the neuroprotective effects of Hwansodan water extract on the apoptotic death of PC12 cells by serum deprivation. Hwansodan significantly rescued PC12 cells from apoptotic death by serum deprivation in a dose-dependent manner. The nuclear(More)
For the advanced study of the cell and molecular biology of middle ear mucosa, an in vitro cell culture system is required. Although middle ear epithelial cells have been cultured from various species of laboratory animal, there have been no reports concerning a serial subculture system of human middle ear epithelial cells. In this paper, we describe the(More)
We examine the impact of outside purchase contracts on firm risk and firm capital structure. We find that firms with more outside purchase contracts have less risky cash flows. Despite these less risky cash flows, firms with these contracts also have less financial leverage especially when they operate in high value-added industries. Examining firm(More)