Soon-Sun Hong

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Melatonin has potent hepatoprotective effects as an antioxidant. However, the signaling pathway of melatonin in the induction of antioxidant enzymes against acute liver injury is not fully understood. The study aimed to determine whether melatonin could prevent dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)-induced liver injury through nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Acute pancreatitis (AP) has a high mortality rate; repetitive AP induces chronic AP and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have immunoregulatory effects and reduce inflammation. We developed a protocol to isolate human bone marrow-derived clonal MSCs (hcMSCs) from bone marrow aspirate and investigated the effects of(More)
The TRAIL pathway is a potential therapeutic target for anticancer drugs due to selective cytotoxicity in cancer cells. Despite considerable promise, TRAIL or TRAIL receptor agonists have been used thus far with limited success in multiple clinical trials, in part due to acquired TRAIL resistance during chemotherapeutic treatment. Hepatocellular carcinoma(More)
Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from various types of brown seaweed, possesses a wide range of pharmacological properties. We investigated the protective effect of fucoidan on dimethylnitrosamine-induced liver fibrogenesis in rats and its mechanism. Liver fibrosis was induced by injecting DMN (10 mg/kg, 3 times per week, I.P.) for 4 weeks, and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Hypoxia preconditioning (HPC), rapid or delayed, has been reported to induce neuroprotection against subsequent severe stress. Because delta-opioid receptor (DOR) plays an important role in delayed HPC-induced neuroprotection against severe hypoxic injury, we asked whether DOR is also involved in the rapid HPC-induced neuroprotection.(More)
Melatonin exhibits a wide variety of biological effects, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions. Its antioxidant role impedes the etiopathogenesis of pancreatitis, but little is known about the signaling pathway of melatonin in the induction of antioxidant enzymes in acute pancreatitis (AP). The aim of this study was to determine whether(More)
The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway plays a central role in cell proliferation and survival of human cancers. As PI3K is active in many cancer patients, resulting in cancer development and progression, we developed an azaindole derivative, HS-116 as a novel PI3K inhibitor. This study aimed to clarify the anticancer effect of HS-116 in human(More)
Chemoprevention through the use of food and plants has emerged as a novel approach to control various malignancies including cancer. Pulsatilla koreana extract (PKE) has been used to treat malaria and dysentery. The functions and effect of PKE in cancer treatment have been reported but with less information. (More)
Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), a common necroinflammatory disease initiated by the premature activation of digestive enzymes within the pancreatic acinar cells, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In this study, we investigated whether human bone marrow-derived clonal mesenchymal stem cells (hcMSCs), isolated from human bone marrow(More)
Dysregulation of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway frequently instigates tumorigenesis leading to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We synthesized N-(5-(3-(3-methyl-1,2,4-oxadiazol-3-yl)imidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-6-yl)pyridin-3-yl)benzenesulfonamide (HS-104), a novel PI3K inhibitor, and investigated its in vitro anticancer effect and(More)