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Kim M.H.,Eulji UniversityGyeonggi do | Lee J.,Sungkyunkwan UniversityGyeonggi do | Jung S.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Kim J.W.,Natural Product Research Center | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Ginseng Research | Year: 2017

Background: The present study investigated the effect of ginseng berry hot water extract (GBx) on blood flow via the regulation of lipid metabolites and blood coagulation in rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Methods: Sixty rats were divided into five groups in descending order of body weight. Except for the control group, the other four groups were fed a HFD containing 45% kcal from fat for 11 wk without GBx. GBx groups were then additionally treated by gastric gavage with GBx dissolved in distilled water at 50 (GBx 50) mg/kg, 100 (GBx 100) mg/kg, or 150 (GBx 150) mg/kg body weight for 6 wk along with the HFD. To investigate the effects of GBx on rats fed a HFD, biochemical metabolite, blood coagulation assay, and histological analysis were performed. Results: In the experiments to measure the serum levels of leptin and apolipoprotein B/A, GBx treatment attenuated the HFD-induced increases in these metabolites (p < 0.05). Adiponectin and apolipoprotein E levels in GBx-treated groups were significantly higher than the HFD group. Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time were increased in all GBx-treated groups. In the GBx-treated groups, the serum levels of thromboxane A2 and serotonin were decreased and concentrations of serum fibrinogen degradation products were increased (p < 0.05). Moreover, histomorphometric dyslipidemia-related atherosclerotic changes were significantly improved by treatment with GBx. Conclusion: These results suggest the possibility that GBx can ameliorate blood flow by decreasing intima-media thickness via the regulation of blood coagulation factors related to lipid metabolites in rats fed a HFD. © 2017 The Korean Society of Ginseng, Published by Elsevier Korea LLC.


Chung S.Y.,Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Lee H.-J.,Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Lee T.I.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Kim Y.S.,Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Kim Y.S.,Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology
RSC Advances | Year: 2017

For simultaneous detection of bending curvature and speed, a wearable bending motion sensor was developed by measuring the output voltage signals. A discrepancy in the piezoelectric output voltages was effectively sensed as a function of bending curvature and speed for recognition of bending motions of the piezoelectric element. This simultaneously bending curvature and speed detectable flexible bending motion sensor is superior compared to other piezoelectric sensors which demonstrated a difference in piezoelectric output signals as a function of only bending curvature. For the wearable platform of the device, elastic ZnO NR-PDMS and Ag NW-SWCNT were utilized as active and electrode materials. This wearable and flexible piezoelectric bending motion sensor is expected to be applied toward the realization of artificial skin motion detectors. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.


Govindaraju S.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Govindaraju S.,Korean University of Science and Technology | Ramasamy M.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Baskaran R.,Gachon University | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2015

Here we report a novel method for the synthesis of glucosamine-functionalized gold nanoparticles (GlcN-AuNPs) using biocompatible and biodegradable glucosamine for antibacterial activity. GlcN-AuNPs were prepared using different concentrations of glucosamine. The synthesized AuNPs were characterized for surface plasmon resonance, surface morphology, fluorescence spectroscopy, and antibacterial activity. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the AuNPs, GlcN-AuNPs, and GlcN-AuNPs when irradiated by ultraviolet light and laser were investigated and compared with the MIC of standard kanamycin using Escherichia coli by the microdilution method. Laser-irradiated GlcN-AuNPs exhibited significant bactericidal activity against E. coli. Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopic analysis supported the cell death mechanism in the presence of GlcN-AuNP-treated bacteria. Further, morphological changes in E. coli after laser treatment were investigated using atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The overall results of this study suggest that the prepared nanoparticles have potential as a potent antibacterial agent for the treatment of a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. © 2015, Govindaraju et al.


Zhong L.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Yun K.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2015

Nanosized ZnO particles with diameters of 15 nm were prepared with a solution precipitation method at low cost and high yield. The synthesis of the particles was functionalized by the organic solvent dimethylformamide, and the particles were covalently bonded to the surface of graphene oxide. The morphology of the graphene oxide sheets and ZnO particles was confirmed with field emission scanning electron microscopy and biological atomic force microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to analyze the physical and chemical properties of the ZnO/graphene oxide composites that differed from those of the individual components. Enhanced electrochemical properties were detected with cyclic voltammetry, with a redox peak of the composites at 0.025 mV. Excellent antibacterial activity of ZnO/graphene oxide composites was observed with a microdilution method in which minimum inhibitory concentrations of 6.25 µg/mL for Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium, 12.5 µg/mL for Bacillus subtilis, and 25 µg/mL for Enterococcus faecalis. After further study of the antibacterial mechanism, we concluded that a vast number of reactive oxygen species formed on the surface of composites, improving antibacterial properties. © 2015, Zhong and Yun.


Jeong H.R.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | An S.S.A.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do
Clinical Interventions in Aging | Year: 2015

Human islet amyloid polypeptide (h-IAPP) is a peptide hormone that is synthesized and cosecreted with insulin from insulin-secreting pancreatic β-cells. Recently, h-IAPP was proposed to be the main component responsible for the cytotoxic pancreatic amyloid deposits in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Since the causative factors of IAPP (or amylin) oligomer aggregation are not fully understood, this review will discuss the various forms of h-IAPP aggregation. Not all forms of IAPP aggregates trigger the destruction of β-cell function and loss of β-cell mass; however, toxic oligomers do trigger these events. Once these toxic oligomers form under abnormal metabolic conditions in T2DM, they can lead to cell disruption by inducing cell membrane destabilization. In this review, the various factors that have been shown to induce toxic IAPP oligomer formation will be presented, as well as the potential mechanism of oligomer and fibril formation from pro-IAPPs. Initially, pro-IAPPs undergo enzymatic reactions to produce the IAPP monomers, which can then develop into oligomers and fibrils. By this mechanism, toxic oligomers could be generated by diverse pathway components. Thus, the interconnections between factors that influence amyloid aggregation (eg, absence of PC2 enzyme, deamidation, reduction of disulfide bonds, environmental factors in the cell, genetic mutations, copper metal ions, and heparin) will be presented. Hence, this review will aid in understanding the fundamental causative factors contributing to IAPP oligomer formation and support studies for investigating novel T2DM therapeutic approaches, such as the development of inhibitory agents for preventing oligomerization at the early stages of diabetic pathology. © 2015 Jeong and An.


Ramasamy S.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi Do | Bennet D.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi Do | Kim S.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi Do | Kim S.,Graduate Gachon Medical Research Institute
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2014

This review will present a brief discussion on the recent advancements of bioelectrical impedance cell-based biosensors, especially the electric cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) system for screening of various bioactive molecules. The different technical integrations of various chip types, working principles, measurement systems, and applications for drug targeting of molecules in cells are highlighted in this paper. Screening of bioactive molecules based on electric cell-substrate impedance sensing is a trial-and-error process toward the development of therapeutically active agents for drug discovery and therapeutics. In general, bioactive molecule screening can be used to identify active molecular targets for various diseases and toxicity at the cellular level with nanoscale resolution. In the innovation and screening of new drugs or bioactive molecules, the activeness, the efficacy of the compound, and safety in biological systems are the main concerns on which determination of drug candidates is based. Further, drug discovery and screening of compounds are often performed in cell-based test systems in order to reduce costs and save time. Moreover, this system can provide more relevant results in in vivo studies, as well as high-throughput drug screening for various diseases during the early stages of drug discovery. Recently, MEMS technologies and integration with image detection techniques have been employed successfully. These new technologies and their possible ongoing transformations are addressed. Select reports are outlined, and not all the work that has been performed in the field of drug screening and development is covered. © 2014 Ramasamy et al.


Govindaraju S.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Samal M.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Yun K.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do
Materials Science and Engineering C | Year: 2016

A complete bacterialysis analysis of glucosamine-gold nanoparticle-graphene oxide (GlcN-AuNP-GO) and UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO was conducted. Analytical characterization of GlcN-AuNPs, GO and GlcN-AuNP-GO revealed UV-Vis absorbance peak at around 230 and 500 nm. Microscopic characterization of prepared nanomaterials was performed by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy, and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The results confirmed that the GlcN-AuNPs were uniformly decorated on the surface and edges of graphene sheets. In addition, potent antibacterial activity of GlcN-AuNP-GO that was UV irradiated for 10 min and normal GlcN-AuNP-GO was detected, compared to the standard drug kanamycin, against both Gram-negative and positive bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and fluorescence intensity spectra results for Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis showed that the UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO has better antibacterial activity than normal GlcN-AuNP-GO and kanamycin. Morphological changes were detected by AFM after treatment. These results confirmed that GlcN-AuNP-GO is a potent antibacterial agent with good potential for use in manufacturing medical instruments, pharmaceutical industries and in waste water treatment. © 2016


Choi W.-C.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Picornell M.,North Carolina A&T State University | Hamoush S.,North Carolina A&T State University
Construction and Building Materials | Year: 2016

Surface and subsurface defects, such as the scaling of a concrete surface, corrosion of the reinforcement, carbonation of concrete, cracks in concrete, etc., are often observed in historical structures. In order to assess the performance of the aged concrete in a historical structure, a combination of impact echo and ultrasonic surface wave techniques as well as ground penetrating radar (GPR) are believed to be the most effective approaches to determine not only the overall quality of the concrete in the structural components, but also the extent of any internal deterioration that may be present in the structure. In this study, the field evaluation of the old concrete in a historical reinforced concrete structure (a stadium) has been conducted using destructive and nondestructive methods. The extent of the damage and unseen patterns of concrete deterioration were determined successfully based on the results obtained using GPR and a seismic property analyzer. In addition, the material properties of the old concrete were compared to laboratory test results. © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Yang J.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Lee Y.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do | Kang U.-G.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi do
International Journal of Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering | Year: 2015

Globally, coronary heart diseases are one of the most common diseases and regarded as a cause of deaths. Prediction and management of such diseases with high mortality as well as occurrence rate (e.g., coronary heart diseases) are particularly critical. Often, coronary heart disease patients accompany depression symptoms hence, further accurate prediction and continuing management are warranted. Improper therapeutic treatments and failure of early detection of depression patients with coronary heart diseases may result serious clinical outcomes. Data mining, utilizing database, has been shown to aid for finding effective therapeutic patterns thereby pursuing qualitative improvement of medical treatments through diagnosis based on the dataset. In the current study therefore, we compared prediction models of coronary heart disease utilizing data-mining of depression patients data in order to develop the prediction model for coronary heart diseases of depression patients. In results, we demonstrated that the neural networks model predicted most accurately thus results herein may provide a basis of prediction model for coronary heart diseases in depression patients and be effective for the establishment of effective therapeutic treatments and management plans. © 2015 SERSC.


Park S.-E.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi Do | Lee J.,Yonsei University | Lee T.,Yonsei University | Bae S.-B.,Gachon UniversityGyeonggi Do | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2015

Silica-gold nanoshell (SGNS), which is a silica core surrounded by a gold layer, was synthesized by seed-mediated coalescence of gold clusters in an electroless plating solution. SGNS variations with different surface coverage of gold clusters were prepared by adjusting the amounts of gold salts in the presence of formaldehyde-reducing agents. Fully covered SGNS (f-SGNS) with connected gold clusters exhibited stronger intensity and more redshift of plasmon bands located around 820 nm than those of partially covered SGNS (p-SGNS) with disconnected gold clusters. Upon irradiation with near-infrared light (30 W/cm2, 700-800 nm), f-SGNS caused a larger hyperthermia effect, generating a large temperature change (ΔT =42°C), as compared to the relatively small temperature change (ΔT =24°C) caused by p-SGNS. The therapeutic antibody, Erbitux™ (ERB), was further conjugated to SGNS for specific tumor cell targeting. The f-ERB-SGNS showed excellent therapeutic efficacy based on the combined effect of both the therapeutic antibody and the full hyperthermia dose under near-infrared irradiation. Thus, SGNS with well-controlled surface morphology of gold shells may be applicable for near-infrared-induced hyperthermia therapy with tunable optical properties. © 2015 Park et al.

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