Seung-Taek Lee

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Endostatin, a fragment of collagen XVIII, is a potent anti-angiogenic protein, but the molecular mechanism of its action is not yet clear. We examined the effects of endostatin on the biological and biochemical activities of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Endostatin blocked VEGF-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of KDR/Flk-1 and activation of(More)
Although alpha-synuclein is the main structural component of the insoluble filaments that form Lewy bodies in Parkinson disease (PD), its physiological function and exact role in neuronal death remain poorly understood. In the present study, we examined the possible functional relationship between alpha-synuclein and several forms of matrix(More)
The receptor protein tyrosine kinase 7 (PTK7) was recently shown to participate in noncanonical Wnt/planar cell polarity signalling during mouse and frog embryonic development. In this study, we report that PTK7 interacts with β-catenin in a yeast two-hybrid assay and mammalian cells. PTK7-deficient cells exhibit weakened β-catenin/T-cell factor(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in inflammation, tumor cell invasion, and metastasis. We found that phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA)-stimulated invasion of the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) SNU-387 and SNU-398 cells and that PMA induced the secretion of MMP-9 in the cells, but did not induce the secretion of MMP-2. The(More)
PTK6 (also known as Brk) is a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase, whose mRNA was expressed in the limited normal tissues such as colon and small intestine, and in breast carcinomas and breast cancer cell lines. The 813 bp region upstream from the translation initiation codon, which constitutes a functional promoter of the human PTK6 gene, was(More)
We previously showed that plasma gelsolin, a major component of the extracellular actin scavenging system, is an matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-14 substrate. Here we confirmed that plasma gelsolin is cleaved by MMP-14 at the plasma level, and found that it was most efficiently digested by MMP-3 followed by MMP-2, MMP-1, MMP-14, and MMP-9, in that order.(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA), a critical mediator of tumor angiogenesis, is a well-characterized target of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1). Murine arrest-defective protein 1A (mARD1A(225)) acetylates HIF-1alpha, triggering its degradation, and thus may play a role in decreased expression of VEGFA. METHODS We generated(More)
Screening patients at high risk of recurrence of cancer would allow for more accurate and personalized treatment. In this study, we tried to identify the prognosis-related protein profile by applying two different quantitative proteomic techniques, difference in-gel electrophoresis and cleavable isotope-coded affinity tag method. Six tumor tissues were(More)
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a common subtype of esophageal cancer that is particularly prevalent in East Asian countries. Our previous expression profile analysis showed that the gene encoding protein tyrosine kinase 7 (PTK7) is upregulated in ESCC tissues. Here, we aimed to validate PTK7 as a prognostic factor and a candidate target for(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 degrades type IV collagen in the basement membrane and plays crucial roles in several pathological implications, including tumorigenesis and inflammation. In this study, we analyzed the effect of flavonols on MMP-9 expression in phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA)-induced human fibrosarcoma HT-1080 cells. Galangin and(More)