Sang-Min Kang

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The essential osteoblast-related transcription factor Runx2 and the female steroid hormone estrogen are known to play pivotal roles in bone homeostasis; however, the functional interaction between Runx2- and estrogen-mediated signaling in skeletal tissues is minimally understood. Here we provide evidence that aromatase (CYP19), a rate-limiting enzyme(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The nonstructural 5A (NS5A) protein of hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been implicated in HCV-induced liver pathogenesis. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling has also been involved in tumorigenesis. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of HCV pathogenesis, we examined the potential effects of HCV NS5A protein on Wnt/beta-catenin signal transduction(More)
Runx2 is a master transcription factor for chondrocyte and osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. However expression of Runx2 (by RT-PCR), has been reported in non-skeletal tissues such as breast, T cells and testis. To better define Runx2 activity in non-skeletal tissues, we examined transgenic (Tg) mice expressing LacZ gene under control of 3.0 kb(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA replication requires cellular factors as well as viral non-structural proteins (NS protein). Using small interfering RNA (siRNA) library screening, we previously identified c-Fos as a host factor involved in HCV propagation. In the present study, we demonstrated that silencing of c-Fos expression resulted in decrease of HCV(More)
Interferon (IFN) response rate in hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients has been varied with genotypes. In this study, we investigated the effects of HCV NS5A protein on IFN resistance and compared the genotypic differences of NS5A. We showed that IFN-α-, poly I:C-, and Sendai virus-induced ISRE transcriptional activities were inhibited by both genotype 1b and(More)
Saponins are a group of naturally occurring plant glycosides which possess a wide range of pharmacological properties, including anti-tumorigenic and antiviral activities. To investigate whether saponin has anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) activity, we examined the effect of saponin on HCV replication. HCV replication was efficiently inhibited at a(More)
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