So Ra Lee

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E-Cadherin/β-catenin complex plays an important role in maintaining epithelial integrity and disrupting this complex affect not only the adhesive repertoire of a cell, but also the Wnt-signaling pathway. Aberrant expression of the complex is associated with a wide variety of human malignancies and disorders of fibrosis resulting from epithelial-mesenchymal(More)
A 14-membered macrolide antibiotic narbomycin produced from Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 15439 is composed of polyketide macrolactone ring and D-desosamine as a deoxysugar moiety, which acts as an important determinant of its antibacterial activity. In order to generate diverse glycosylated derivatives of narbomycin, expression plasmids carrying different(More)
A pro-fibrotic role of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in tubular cell epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is well established in renal fibrosis; however studies from our group and others have demonstrated some previously unrecognized complexity of MMP-9 that has been overlooked in renal fibrosis. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the(More)
Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is known to be both anti-inflammatory and profibrotic. Cross-talk between TGF-β/Smad and Wnt/β-catenin pathways in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) suggests a specific role for β-catenin in profibrotic effects of TGF-β1. However, no such mechanistic role has been demonstrated for β-catenin in the(More)
Expression plasmids carrying different deoxysugar biosynthetic gene cassettes and the gene encoding a substrate-flexible glycosyltransferase DesVII were constructed and introduced into Streptomyces venezuelae YJ003 mutant strain bearing a deletion of a desosamine biosynthetic (des) gene cluster. The resulting recombinants produced macrolide antibiotic YC-17(More)
The mutant K-Ras elevates intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and leads to oxidative DNA damage, resulting in malignant cell transformation. Ras association domain family 1 isoform A (RASSF1A) is known to play a role as a Ras effector. However, the suppressive effect of RASSF1A on K-RasV12-induced ROS increase and DNA damage has not been(More)
Recommended Citation Lee, So Ra. "Pharmacological and biophysical characterization of a prokaryotic voltage-gated sodium channel." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, ii To my family iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor Dr. Christopher A. Ahern for his continuous support, guidance,(More)
Inspired by the Hegedus aza-Wacker indole synthesis, we were intrigued with the fate of the aminopalladation intermediate if syn β-hydrogen is made inaccessible or unavailable. In contrast to our previously reported β-carbon elimination, cyclization of a variety of 2-alkenylaniline substrates under electrophilic palladium conditions unexpectedly afforded(More)
Loss of E-cadherin marks a defect in epithelial integrity and polarity during tissue injury and fibrosis. Whether loss of E-cadherin plays a causal role in fibrosis is uncertain. α3β1 Integrin has been identified to complex with E-cadherin in cell-cell adhesion, but little is known about the details of their cross talk. Herein, E-cadherin gene (Cdh1) was(More)
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