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Lee M.W.,Gwangmyeong Sung Ae Hospital | Park J.K.,The Good | Hong J.W.,Yonsei University | Kim K.J.,Yonsei University | And 6 more authors.
Diabetes and Metabolism Journal | Year: 2013

Beyond statin therapy for reducing low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), additional therapeutic strategies are required to achieve more optimal reduction in cardiovascular risk among diabetic patients with dyslipidemia. To evaluate the effects and the safety of combined treatment with omega-3 fatty acids and statin in dyslipidemic patients with type 2 diabetes, we conducted a randomized, open-label study in Korea. Patients with persistent hypertriglyceridemia (≥200 mg/dL) while taking statin for at least 6 weeks were eligible. Fifty-one patients were randomized to receive either omega-3 fatty acid 4, 2 g, or no drug for 8 weeks while continuing statin therapy. After 8 weeks of treatment, the mean percentage change of low density lipoprotein (LDL) particle size and triglyceride (TG) level was greater in patients who were prescribed 4 g of omega-3 fatty acid with statin than in patients receiving statin monotherapy (2.8%±3.1% vs. 2.3%±3.6%, P=0.024; -41.0%±24.1% vs. -24.2%±31.9%, P= 0.049). Coadministration of omega-3 fatty acids with statin increased LDL particle size and decreased TG level in dyslipidemic patients with type 2 diabetes. The therapy was well tolerated without significant adverse effects. © 2013 Korean Diabetes Association. Source

Kim H.-R.,Ewha Womans University | Kie J.-H.,National Health Insurance Cooperation Ilsan Hospital | Lim W.,Ewha Womans University | Moon B.-I.,Ewha Womans University | And 2 more authors.
Rheumatology (United Kingdom) | Year: 2012

Objective. The frequency and function of Tregs are important in the pathogenesis of SLE. Nonetheless, the function of Tregs is still controversial in SLE patients and lupus mouse models. In the present study, we investigated the suppressive function of Tregs from MRL/lpr mice in vitro and in vivo by using an alternative quantitative assay.Methods. We assessed the suppressive function of CD4 +CD25 + Tregs, the proliferative activity of CD4 +CD25 - effector T cells (Teffs) and the feeder activity of CD11c + dendritic cells (DCs), isolated from the spleens of MRL/lpr mice and wild-type (WT) MRL/+ mice, by carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester dilution assay stimulated with two distinct types of signals, weak and strong. In order to assess the protective function of Tregs from an immune-mediated disease in vivo, we induced renal damage by injecting adriamycin (ADN) into the mice.Results. The in vitro assay showed enhanced suppressive activity of Tregs and feeder activity of DCs, but far less proliferative activity of Teffs from MRL/lpr mice, compared with those from the WT mice. The in vivo study showed more severe ADN-induced nephropathy in MRL/lpr mice than in the WT mice, while mild interstitial nephritis had already begun spontaneously by 16 weeks in MRL/lpr mice.Conclusion. It was suggested that Tregs from MRL/lpr mice were functionally competent and intrinsically more active in vitro, but they were not capable of preventing the ADN-induced as well as the spontaneously developing nephropathy in vivo. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology. All rights reserved. Source

Kim H.-R.,Ewha Womans University | Kim J.-H.,Korea Basic Science Institute | Kim J.-H.,Pohang University of Science and Technology | Choi E.-J.,Ewha Womans University | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease resulting from excessive stimulation of immune cells. Traditionally, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the progression of inflammatory diseases, but several opposing observations suggest the protective role of ROS in inflammatory disease. Recently, we demonstrated ROS prevented imiquimod-induced psoriatic dermatitis through enhancing regulatory T cell function. Thus, we hypothesized AD might also be attenuated in elevated levels of ROS through tissue hyperoxygenation, such as by hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) or applying an oxygen-carrying chemical, perfluorodecalin (PFD). Elevated levels of ROS in the skin have been demonstrated directly by staining with dihydroethidum as well as indirectly by immunohistochemistry (IHC) for indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). A murine model of AD was developed by repeated application of a chemical irritant (1% 2,4- dinitrochlorobenzene) and house dust mite (Dermatophagoide farinae) extract on one ear of BALB/c mice. The results showed treatment with HBOT or PFD significantly attenuated AD, comparably with 0.1% prednicarbate without any signs of side effects, such as telangiectasia. The expressions of interleukin-17A and interferon-γ were also decreased in the AD lesions by treatment with HBOT or PFD. Enhanced expression of IDO and reduced level of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α, in association with increased frequency of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells in the AD lesions, might be involved in the underlying mechanism of oxygen therapy. Taken together, it was suggested that tissue hyperoxygenation, by HBOT or treatment with PFD, might attenuate AD through enhancing skin ROS level. © 2014 Kim et al. Source

Cho J.R.,Hallym University | Shin S.,Yonsei University | Kim J.-S.,Yonsei University | Ko Y.-G.,Yonsei University | And 12 more authors.
Korean Circulation Journal | Year: 2012

Background and Objectives: Acute aortic syndrome (AAS) is a heterogeneous group of disorders that often present with severe chest or back pain. It includes acute aortic dissection (AD), intramural hematoma (IMH), dissecting aneurysm, and penetrating aortic ulcer (PAU). The clinical picture of AAS and its prognosis have not been studied in a large number of Korean patients. Therefore, we organized a multi-center registry to identify the clinical characteristics and treatment patterns, as well as long-term outcomes in Korean patients with AAS. Subjects and Methods: Five-hundred twenty-eight patients, who had been diagnosed with AAS, were enrolled into this registry from 10 centers. On a retrospective basis, we collected demographic, laboratory, imaging data, as well as follow-up clinical outcomes by reviewing medical records from individual centers. All the data were collected in core lab and analyzed in detail. Results: The mean patient age was 60.1±14.5 years; the male-to-female ratio was M:F=297:231. The prevalent risk factors for AAS included hypertension (361, 68.4%) and diabetes (52, 11.1%). The components of AAS that are included in this study are acute AD (446, 84.5%), IMH (57, 10.7%), and PAU (11, 2.1%). By type of AAS, patients diagnosed with Stanford A were 45.6% of enrolled patients, whereas those with Stanford B were 54.4% of enrolled patients. Among nearly half of the patients were treated with medicine (55.7%) alone, whereas 40.0% underwent surgery and 4.3% underwent endovascular treatment. Overall, the in-hospital event rate was 21.2% and the in-hospital death rate was 8.1%. The mean follow-up duration was 42.8 months and there showed 22.9% of total event and 10.1% of death during this period. Conclusion: By organizing a multi-center registry of AAS, we could identify the characteristics of AAS in real-world Korean patients. Further, prospective study is warranted with a larger number of patients. Copyright © 2012 The Korean Society of Cardiology. Source

Kim H.-R.,Ewha Womans University | Lee A.,National Health Insurance Cooperation Ilsan Hospital | Choi E.-J.,Ewha Womans University | Kie J.-H.,Ewha Womans University | And 4 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the progression of inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Meanwhile, several studies suggested the protective role of ROS in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, and it was recently reported that dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis was attenuated in mice with an elevated level of ROS due to deficiency of peroxiredoxin II. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical in the prevention of IBD and Treg function was reported to be closely associated with ROS level, but it has been investigated only in lowered levels of ROS so far. In the present study, in order to clarify the relationship between ROS level and Treg function, and their role in the pathogenesis of IBD, we investigated mice with an elevated level of ROS due to deficiency of both glutathione peroxidase (GPx)-1 and catalase (Cat) for the susceptibility of DSS-induced colitis in association with Treg function. The results showed that DSS-induced colitis was attenuated and Tregs were hyperfunctional in GPx1 -/-×Cat-/- mice. In vivo administration of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) aggravated DSS-induced colitis and decreased Treg function to the level comparable to WT mice. Attenuated Th17 cell differentiation from näve CD4+ cells as well as impaired production of IL-6 and IL-17A by splenocytes upon stimulation suggested anti-inflammatory tendency of GPx1-/-×Cat-/- mice. Suppression of Stat3 activation in association with enhancement of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and FoxP3 expression might be involved in the immunosuppressive mechanism of GPx1-/-×Cat-/- mice. Taken together, it is implied that ROS level is critical in the regulation of Treg function, and IBD may be attenuated in appropriately elevated levels of ROS. © 2014 Kim et al. Source

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