Young Hwa Kong

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Drosophila melanogaster is a proven model system for many aspects of human biology. Here we present a two-hybrid-based protein-interaction map of the fly proteome. A total of 10,623 predicted transcripts were isolated and screened against standard and normalized complementary DNA libraries to produce a draft map of 7048 proteins and 20,405 interactions. A(More)
Endothelial differentiation gene (edg)-encoded G protein-coupled receptors (Edg Rs)-1, -3, and -5 bind sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), and Edg-2 and -4 bind lysophosphatidic acid (LPA). Edg Rs transduce signals from LPA and S1P that stimulate ras- and rho-dependent cellular proliferation, enhance cellular survival, and suppress apoptosis. That high levels of(More)
Neurocysticercosis (NCC), which is caused by infection with the larval stage of the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), is now recognized as a major cause of neurologic diseases in countries where the infection is endemic. Migration of persons from these countries is resulting in diagnosis and local transmission in nonendemic countries at increasing rates. In(More)
A 28-kDa glutathione S-transferase (Cs28GST) was purified from a Clonorchis sinensis cytosolic fraction through anion-exchange and glutathione-affinity column chromatographies. A monoclonal antibody raised against Cs28GST reacted specifically to the C. sinensis antigen among trematode proteins. A putative peptide of 212 amino residues deduced from a cDNA(More)
Sensitivity of anti-Toxoplasma antibody (IgG) test by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was evaluated in comparison with indirect latex agglutination (ILA) using 2,016 paired human samples of serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The samples were collected from neurologic patients in Korea with mass lesions in central nervous system (CNS) as revealed(More)
Members of a subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), encoded by five different endothelial differentiation genes (edgs), specifically mediate effects of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) on cellular proliferation and differentiation. Mechanisms of suppression of apoptosis by LPA and S1P were studied in the Tsup-1(More)
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and its G protein-coupled receptors, VPAC(1)R and VPAC(2)R, are prominent in the immune system and regulate many aspects of T cell-dependent immunity. In mouse T cells, VPAC(1)R is expressed constitutively, whereas VPAC(2)R is induced by immune stimuli. VPAC(2)R-null (VPAC(2)R(-/-)) mice on a C57BL/6 background are shown(More)
The crystal structures of the Klenow fragment of the Thermus aquaticus DNA polymerase I (Klentaq1) complexed with four deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates (dNTP) have been determined to 2.5 A resolution. The dNTPs bind adjacent to the O helix of Klentaq1. The triphosphate moieties are at nearly identical positions in all four complexes and are anchored by(More)
We screened the genome of a trematode, Clonorchis sinensis, in order to identify novel retrotransposons and thereby provide additional information on retrotransposons for comprehensive phylogenetic study. Considering the vast potential of retrotransposons to generate genetically variable regions among individual genomes, randomly amplified polymorphic DNAs(More)
HLA-class I genes are the most polymorphic genetic system yet known. The polymorphic substitutions are mostly located in exon 2 and 3, encoding alpha 1 and alpha 2 domains, respectively, which are involved in peptide binding and T cell receptor interaction. In this study, we present the sequences of the introns neighboring the polymorphic exons in humans(More)