Young-Mi Kang

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In order to study a possible mechanism for rhythmic firing of dopaminergic (DA) neurons, intracellular recordings were obtained from 56 rhythmically firing DA neurons in the rat substantia nigra compacta (SNc), using in vitro slice preparations. In the presence of TTX, spontaneous oscillation of the membrane potential was induced in SNc DA neurons when the(More)
A whole-cell patch-clamp recording was obtained from dopamine (DA) neurons (n = 68) in the substantia nigra compacta (SNc) in in vitro slice preparations in order to study the underlying current for pacemaker-like slow depolarization (PLSD) which was considered as a basis for rhythmic firing of DA neurons. SNc DA neurons were identified(More)
The effects of fiber alignment and direction of mechanical stimuli on the ECM generation of human ligament fibroblast (HLF) were assessed. The nanofiber matrix was fabricated using electrospinning technique. To align the nanofibers, a rotating target was used. The HLFs on the aligned nanofibers were spindle-shaped and oriented in the direction of the(More)
Membrane properties and postsynaptic responses to stimulation of the substantia nigra reticulata (SNr) of the neurons in rat pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) were studied in an in vitro parasagittal slice preparation using intracellular recording techniques. Based on electrical membrane properties, PPN neurons were classified into 3 types (types I, II and(More)
Oral spirochetes include enormously heterogeneous Treponema species, and some have been implicated in the etiology of periodontitis. In this study, we characterized highly conserved surface proteins in four representative oral spirochetes (Treponema denticola, T. lecithinolyticum, T. maltophilum, and T. socranskii subsp. socranskii) that are homologs of T.(More)
PURPOSE A genetic polymorphism of the beta 2-adrenergic receptor is a major factor associated with the asthmatic phenotype. The association of this polymorphism with toluene diisocyanate (TDI)-induced asthma has not been investigated. We examined 103 TDI-induced asthma patients (TDI-OA), 60 asymptomatic exposed controls (AEC), and 263 unexposed healthy(More)
In this study, four bioactive phloroglucinol derivates including phloroglucinol (1), eckol (2), dioxinodehydroeckol (3), and dieckol (4) were isolated from Eisenia bicyclis and characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic methods. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory activity of these compounds was investigated on human hepatoma cell line(More)
Dupuytren's disease is a fibroproliferative connective tissue disorder characterized by contracture of the palmer fascia of the hand. Relaxin (RLN) is a multifunctional factor which contributes to the remodeling of the pelvic ligament by inhibiting fibrosis and inflammatory activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the RLN gene on(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the anti-inflammatory effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with collagen matrix on human nucleus pulposus (NP) cell in response to pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1 (IL-1). NP cells from human disks were cultured in a monolayer and maintained in the collagen(More)
Nurr1 is an orphan nuclear receptor that is essential for the differentiation and maintenance of dopaminergic neurons in the brain, and it is a therapeutic target for Parkinson's disease (PD). During the screening for Nurr1 activators from natural sources using cell-based assay systems, a methanol extract of the combined stems and roots of Daphne genkwa was(More)