Soon Seog Kwon

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OBJECTIVE Interleukin (IL)-33 is involved in the development of lung inflammation by inducing or amplifying Th2 type-mediated responses in various animal models of allergic asthma. The ST2 gene is a member of the IL-1 receptor family, producing a transmembrane form (ST2L) and a soluble secreted form (sST2). sST2 has been shown to block this IL-33/ST2(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), inflammation and remodeling. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib mesylate was developed to inhibit BCR-ABL kinase activity; however, it also has potent inhibitory activity against the c-Kit and platelet-derived growth factor receptors. The present study aimed to determine whether(More)
During the course of establishing an animal model of chronic asthma, we tried to elucidate the time sequence of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), airway inflammation, airway remodeling, and associated cytokines. Seven-week-old female BALB/c mice were studied as a chronic asthma model using ovalbumin (OVA). After sensitization, mice were exposed twice weekly(More)
INTRODUCTION Neutropenia recovery may be associated with deterioration in oxygenation and exacerbation of pre-existing pulmonary disease. However, risk factors for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) during neutropenia recovery in patients with hematologic malignancies have not been studied. METHODS We studied critically ill patients with(More)
1. Pravastatin is best known for its antilipidemic action. Recent studies have shown that statins have immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects. The present study aimed to determine whether or not pravastatin can attenuate acute lung injury and fibrosis in a mouse model. 2. Bleomycin was given to C57BL6 mice through intratracheal instillation.(More)
PURPOSE In clinical practice, some patients with asthma show incompletely reversible airflow obstruction, resembling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this study was to analyze this overlap phenotype of asthma with COPD feature. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 256 patients, over the age of 40 years or more with a diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), inflammation and remodeling. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) were reported to regulate inflammatory responses in many cells. In this study we examined the effect of a PPAR-gamma agonist on the airway smooth muscle and the production of transforming growth factor(More)
Although a solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura (SFTP) is a rare disease, and usually has a benign course, it has a malignant potential. We report a case of malignant SFTP treated surgically. A 75-year-old female was admitted with a chief complaint of hemoptysis of two weeks duration. Computed tomography of the chest imaged a large mass in the right(More)
BACKGROUND Immunization with naked plasmid DNA leads to strong and persistent cell-mediated and humoral immune response to plasmid encoded antigen. Vaccination of DNA encoded whole allergen has been tried, but little information is currently available on the efficacy of DNA encoding T-cell epitopes in allergic disease. The purpose of this study was to(More)
We examined the sera of patients with Meniere's disease for the presence of antibodies against 8 inner ear antigens by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). One hundred eight patients with Meniere's disease and 28 control subjects were studied. The antibodies against chicken type II collagen, bovine type II collagen, the cyanogen bromide cleaved(More)