Sung Ku Kang

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Most epithelial ovarian tumors appear to arise from the ovarian surface epithelium (OSE). Even though it has been suggested that estrogen may be associated with ovarian tumorigenesis, the exact role of estrogen in the regulation of apoptosis in neoplastic OSE cells remains uncertain. Immortalized OSE (IOSE) cell lines were generated from human normal OSE.(More)
Most ovarian neoplasms arise from the ovarian surface epithelium (OSE), and multiple growth factors have been implicated to influence the transformation from OSE. The present study was performed to investigate the role of activin and transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta) in normal and neoplastic OSE cells. An immortalized OSE cell line (IOSE-29) was(More)
ATP has been shown to activate the phospholipase C/diacylglycerol/protein kinase C (PKC) pathway. However, little is known about the downstream signaling events. The present study was designed to examine the effect of ATP on activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway and its physiological role in human granulosa-luteal(More)
The P2U purinoceptor (P2UR) has been identified pharmacologically in the ovary. However, the expression and regulation of the P2UR messenger RNA (mRNA) in human ovarian cells are still poorly characterized. The present study was designed to examine the expression and regulation of the P2UR in human granulosa-luteal cells (hGLCs) by RT-PCR and Northern blot(More)
In the ovary it has been demonstrated that PGF(2alpha) activates the phospholipase C (PLC)/diacylglycerol/protein kinase C pathway. However, little is known about the downstream signaling events that mediate subsequent cellular responses such as steroidogenesis. The present study was designed to examine the effect of PGF(2alpha) on activation of the(More)
The presence of P2U purinoceptor in human granulosa-luteal cells (hGLCs) indicates a potential role of ATP in regulating ovarian function. In this study an inhibitory effect of ATP on hCG-induced cAMP production was observed. Extracellular ATP has been shown to activate protein kinase C (PKC) after binding to a purinoceptor. To understand the role of PKC in(More)
BACKGROUND It has been reported that many peripheral vasodilating drugs might improve insulin resistance. Cilostazol, a antithrombotic agent, increases peripheral blood flow in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients. The effect of cilostazol treatment on insulin resistance in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced non-insulin dependent diabetic Wistar rats was(More)
ATP has been shown to modulate progesterone production in human granulosa-luteal cells (hGLCs) in vitro. After binding to a G protein-coupled P2 purinergic receptor, ATP stimulates phospholipase C. The resultant production of diacylglycerol and inositol triphosphate activates protein kinase C (PKC) and intracellular calcium [Ca(2+)](i) mobilization,(More)
Insulin inhibits ischemia/reperfusion-induced myocardial apoptosis through the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. Survivin is a key regulator of anti-apoptosis against doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity. Insulin increases survivin expression in cardiac myocytes to mediate cytoprotection. However, the mechanism by which survivin mediates the protective effect of insulin(More)
BACKGROUND To compare the 1997 American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria with the 1985 World Health Organization (WHO) criteria in categorization of the diabetes diagnostic status of Koreans and to define clinical characteristics of subjects diagnosed differently by the two criteria. METHODS In 810 Korean subjects, we analyzed blood glucose and insulin(More)