Sang-Mo Kwon

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BACKGROUND Despite accumulating evidence that proves the pivotal role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in ischemic neovascularization, the key signaling cascade that regulates functional EPC kinetics remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS In this report, we show that inactivation of specific Jagged-1 (Jag-1)-mediated Notch signals leads to inhibition(More)
We have investigated the novel function of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the activation of in situ tissue transglutaminase (tTGase) by lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) in Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts. LPA induced a transient increase of intracellular ROS with a maximal increase at 10 min, which was blocked(More)
Despite the fact that endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are important for postnatal neovascularization, their origins, differentiation, and modulators are not clear. Here, we demonstrate that Lnk, a negative regulator of hematopoietic stem cell proliferation, controls endothelial commitment of c-kit(+)/Sca-1(+)/Lineage(-) (KSL) subpopulations of bone(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the key elements responsible for maintaining blood-cell production throughout life and for lymphohematopoietic reconstitution following bone marrow (BM) transplantation. Enhancement of the engrafting potential and expansion capabilities of HSCs as well as hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) has been a long-time desire(More)
Lnk is an adaptor protein expressed primarily in lymphocytes and hemopoietic precursor cells. Marked expansion of B lineage cells occurs in lnk(-/-) mice, indicating that Lnk regulates B cell production by negatively controlling pro-B cell expansion. In addition, lnk(-/-) hemopoietic precursors have an advantage in repopulating the hemopoietic system of(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were shown to have angiogenic potential contributing to neovascularization. However, a clear definition of mouse EPCs by cell surface markers still remains elusive. We hypothesized that CD34 could be used for identification and isolation of functional EPCs from mouse bone marrow. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL(More)
We recently reported that i.v. transplantation of adult human circulating CD34+ cells, an endothelial/hematopoietic progenitor-enriched cell population, contributes to fracture healing through the enhancement of vasculogenesis and osteogenesis. However, the scarcity of CD34+ cells in the adult human is a critical issue for the future clinical application of(More)
CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is a specific receptor for stromal-derived-factor 1 (SDF-1). SDF-1/CXCR4 interaction is reported to play an important role in vascular development. On the other hand, the therapeutic potential of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in fracture healing has been demonstrated with mechanistic insight of(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that Ginsenoside Rg3 appears to inhibit tumor growth including Lewis lung carcinoma, intestinal adenocarcinomas or B16 melanoma by inhibiting cell proliferation, tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) appear to play a key role in the growth of early tumors by intervening with the angiogenic(More)
Ischemic heart disease (IHD) accelerates cardiomyocyte loss, but the developing stem cell research could be useful for regenerating a variety of tissue cells, including cardiomyocytes. Diverse sources of stem cells for IHD have been reported, including embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, skeletal myoblasts, bone marrow-derived stem cells,(More)