Seok-Ho Hong

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Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) expressing pluripotency markers are assumed to possess equipotent developmental potential. However, disparate responses to differentiation stimuli functionally illustrate that hESCs generate a spectrum of differentiated cell types, suggestive of lineage bias. Here, we reveal specific cell surface markers that allow(More)
Mechanisms that govern hematopoietic lineage specification, as opposed to the expansion of committed hematopoietic progenitors, from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have yet to be fully defined. Here, we show that within the family of genes called inhibitors of differentiation (ID), ID1 and ID3 negatively regulate the transition from lineage-specified(More)
Notch signaling regulates several cellular processes including cell fate decisions and proliferation in both invertebrates and mice. However, comparatively less is known about the role of Notch during early human development. Here, we examined the function of Notch signaling during hematopoietic lineage specification from human pluripotent stem cells of(More)
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can regenerate the entire hematopoietic system in vivo, providing the most relevant criteria to measure candidate HSCs derived from human embryonic stem cell (hESC) or induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) sources. Here we show that, unlike primitive hematopoietic cells derived from hESCs, phenotypically identical cells(More)
Applications of differentiated progeny generated from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) broadly span cell replacement therapies and screening studies (toxicology, disease-drug modeling). These applications require differentiation into lineage-specific cell types from hESCs that are largely dependent on several reported embryoid body (EB) formation methods.(More)
Alloferon is a 13-amino acid peptide isolated from the bacteria-challenged larvae of the blow fly Calliphora vicina. The pharmaceutical value of the peptide has been well demonstrated by its capacity to stimulate NK cytotoxic activity and interferon (IFN) synthesis in animal and human models, as well as to enhance antiviral and antitumor activities in mice.(More)
The Plasmodium vivax reticulocyte-binding protein (RBP) family was identified based on the annotation of adhesive ligands in the P. vivax genome. Reticulocyte-specific interactions with the PvRBPs (PvRBP1 and PvRBP2) were previously reported. Plasmodium falciparum reticulocyte-binding protein homologue 4 (PfRh4, a homologue of PvRBP1) was observed to(More)
Human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells (PVCs) are a recently characterized source of mesenchymal stromal cells that has gained much interest in the field of cellular therapeutics. However, very little is known about the changes in fate potential and restrictions that these cells undergo during gestational development. This study is the first to(More)
Cigarette smoking is the major aetiologic factor in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung fibroblasts are key participants in the maintenance of the extracellular matrix within the lung parenchyma. However, it still remains unknown how pulmonary fibroblasts are affected by cigarette smoking. Therefore, in this study, we isolated lung(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the effect of cPKAα conformational states during protein immobilization on an array platform for cPKA autoantibody assays for sensitive and high-throughput profiling of protein kinase A (PKA) autoantibody levels in human sera. DESIGN AND METHODS We prepared activated human cPKAα protein arrays by addition of cofactors including(More)