Young-Mi Lee

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We purified to homogeneity an enzyme from Citrobacter sp. strain KCTC 18061P capable of decolorizing triphenylmethane dyes. The native form of the enzyme was identified as a homodimer with a subunit molecular mass of about 31 kDa. It catalyzes the NADH-dependent reduction of triphenylmethane dyes, with remarkable substrate specificity related to dye(More)
E-type cyclins are thought to drive cell-cycle progression by activating cyclin-dependent kinases, primarily CDK2. We previously found that cyclin E-null cells failed to incorporate MCM helicase into DNA prereplication complex during G(0) --> S phase progression. We now report that a kinase-deficient cyclin E mutant can partially restore MCM loading and S(More)
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the bullhead torrent catfish, Liobagrus obesus, was isolated by long-polymerase chain reaction (Long-PCR) with universal primers and was fully sequenced by primer working using flanking sequences. The complete mtDNA from L. obesus was 16,531 bp in length and contained 13 protein-coding genes, 2 rRNA genes, 22 tRNA genes, and a(More)
One new ursane-type triterpenoid glycoside, asiaticoside G (1), five triterpenoids, asiaticoside (2), asiaticoside F (3), asiatic acid (4), quadranoside IV (5), and 2α,3β,6β-trihydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid 28-O-[α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-D-glucopyranosyl] ester (6), and four flavonoids, kaempferol (7), quercetin (8), astragalin(More)
To increase expression of lycopene synthetic genes crtE, crtB, crtI, and ipiHP1, the four exogenous genes were cloned into a high copy pTrc99A vector with a strong trc promoter. Recombinant Escherichia coli harboring pT-LYCm4 produced 17 mg/L of lycopene. The mevalonate lower pathway, composed of mvaK1, mvaK2, mvaD, and idi, was engineered to produce(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are potent angiogenic factors that have been used clinically to induce angiogenesis. However, concerns have been raised about VEGF because of its proinflammatory actions, which include enhancing the adhesion of leukocytes to endothelial cells. We have examined the possible(More)
BACKGROUND Curcumin, a major yellow pigment and active component of turmeric powder extracted from Curcuma longa L. (Gingiberaceae), has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities. Protease-activated receptors (PARs) play a role in inflammation, and human leukemic mast cells (HMC-1) co-express PAR2 and PAR4. In the present study, the(More)
The activity of cyclins and their associated cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) is frequently deranged in human cancers. For this reason, cyclin-CDK complexes have been considered as very promising therapeutic targets in human malignancies. An obvious concern, however, is whether blocking cyclin-CDK function would preferentially affect cancer cells, but not(More)
To uncover the effect of estrogenic chemicals [4-nonylphenol (NP) and bisphenol A (BisA)] on the expression of androgen receptor (AR) and estrogen receptors (ERalpha and ERbeta) in the hermaphroditic fish Rivulus marmoratus, we cloned the full length of the cDNAs encoding AR, ERalpha, and ERbeta from gonadal tissue of R. marmoratus and analyzed the(More)
We cloned and sequenced full-length cDNA of a theta-class-like glutathione S-transferase (GST-T) from liver tissue of the self-fertilizing fish Rivulus marmoratus. The full-length cDNA of rm-GST-T was 907 bp in length containing an open reading frame of 666 bp that encoded a 221-amino acid putative protein. Its derived amino acid sequence was clustered with(More)