Sung-Woo Lee

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), the most abundant neurotrophin in the brain, has a known association with the pathophysiology of anxiety and depression. However, the role of BDNF in suicide has not been well investigated to date. This study examined plasma BDNF levels in 32 major depressive disorder (MDD) patients who had recently attempted(More)
Several studies have shown that there is an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in major depressive disorder (MDD). However, little is known about the role of cytokines in suicide. In the present study, amounts of IL-6, IL-2, IFN-gamma, IL-4, and TGF-beta1 produced by mitogen-stimulated whole blood were measured in 36 MDD(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate any correlation between plasma levels of nitric oxide metabolites (NO(x)) and suicide attempt. METHOD Plasma NO(x) levels were measured in 53 patients who had recently attempted suicide, 58 non-suicidal psychiatric patients, and 75 normal controls. The severity of suicidal behaviors was evaluated using Weisman and Worden's(More)
BACKGROUND Nitric oxide (NO) is known to influence cerebral monoaminergic activity, including the activity of serotonin. We evaluated plasma NO metabolite (NO(x)) levels in depressive patients with and without a recent history of suicide attempt. METHOD Plasma NO(x) levels were measured in 39 depressive patients who had recently attempted suicide, 44(More)
This paper is essentially an empirical investigation in the network analysis of inter-port traffic flows. Based on a database of vessel movements, it applies conventional techniques of network analysis to the graph of Northeast Asian liner networks in 1996 and 2006. Such approach proves particularly helpful for analysing the changing position of major hub(More)
Globalization and transport revolution, logistics integration, and the consequent expansion of port area and hinterland in the maritime industry have redefined the functional role of ports in supply chains and have generated a new pattern of freight distribution. This phenomenon again requires a new approach towards port development and related urban(More)
Radiosurgery for brain tumors has been well established in the radiation oncology and neurosurgery fields. Radiosurgery of extracranial tumors such as those involving the spine is, however, still in the early stage because of difficulties in patient immobilization and organ motion. The authors describe an image-guided procedure for intensity-modulated(More)