Seungmin Bang

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[6]-Gingerol, a major phenolic compound derived from ginger, has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities. While several molecular mechanisms have been described to underlie its effects on cells in vitro and in vivo, the underlying mechanisms by which [6]-gingerol exerts anti-tumorigenic effects are largely unknown. The purpose of this(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that tumors are composed of a heterogeneous cell population with a small subset of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that sustain tumor formation and growth. Recently, there have been efforts to explain drug resistance of cancer cells based on the concept of CSCs having an intrinsic detoxifying mechanism. In the present study, to(More)
Endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EBD) for choledocholithiasis is known to be comparable to endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) especially in cases of small stones. With larger stones, EBD with conventional balloon, which have a diameter of 6-8 mm, was reported as less effective for extraction of stones. We evaluated the efficacy and complications of EBD(More)
Chemokines play multiple roles in the development and progression of many different tumors. Our cDNA array data suggested that chemokine CXCL5 was upregulated in gastric cancer. Here, we analyzed CXCL5 protein expression in gastric cancer and investigated the clinical implications of CXCL5 upregulation. Immunostaining for CXCL5 was performed on gastric(More)
GOALS The aims of this study were to determine the clinical use of 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in the differential diagnosis of patients with suspected pancreatic cancer and in the determination of tumor response after concurrent chemoradiotherapy for pancreatic cancer. BACKGROUND Despite advances in diagnostic tools for(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the role of Oct4 and Nanog, two important homeobox transcription factors of embryonic development, in pancreatic carcinogenesis. METHODS Using a tissue microarray of human pancreatic carcinoma and adjacent noncancerous tissues as well as the N-nitrosobis(2-oxopropyl)amine-induced Syrian golden hamster pancreatic cancer model, we(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The management of gallbladder polyps (GBP) is directly linked to the early diagnosis of gallbladder cancer (GBC). This study aimed to evaluate the malignant risk of GBP. METHODS In total, 1558 patients diagnosed with GBP were followed. Neoplastic polyps were defined as GBC and its premalignant lesions. The risk for malignancy was(More)
Endoscopic treatment of difficult common bile duct (CBD) stones (diameter ≥10 mm, or four or more) is difficult in patients who have undergone Billroth II (B-II) gastrectomy. Endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) can be particularly troublesome due to anatomical changes effected by the gastrectomy. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of endoscopic papillary(More)
The aims of this study were to identify the morphological diversities and anatomical variations of pancreatic ductal system and to define the relationships between pancreatic ductal systems, pancreaticobiliary diseases, and procedure- related complications, including post-ERCP pancreatitis. This study included 582 patients in whom both pancreatic duct (PD)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Primary hepatic neuroendocrine carcinomas (PHNECs) are extremely rare, with only about 150 cases having been reported in the English-language literature. Because of the rarity of PHNECs, its clinical features and treatment outcomes are not well understood. Here, we report our experiences with PHNECs. METHODS We identified patients(More)