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Shin M.-S.,Korea Institute of Science and Technology | Shin M.-S.,Kyonggi University | Hwang S.-H.,Kyonggi University | Yoon T.-J.,Yuhan University | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules | Year: 2017

In this study, we purified the polysaccharide fraction (GS-P) from the leaves of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer and analyzed its monosaccharide composition and antitumor and antimetastatic activity in vitro and in vivo. GS-P is a 10.2 kDa pectic polysaccharide consisting of 15 different monosaccharides. GS-P treatment significantly inhibited metastasis in mice, in a dose-dependent manner. GS-P was not cytotoxic to colon 26-M3.1 cells and increased mouse splenocyte proliferation. Secretion of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-12 was enhanced in the peritoneal exudate macrophages (PEMs) of GS-P-treated mice. Moreover, PEMs obtained from GS-P-treated mice showed significantly higher tumoricidal activity against colon 26-M3.1 cells, and splenocytes from GS-P-treated mice significantly enhanced NK cell cytotoxicity against YAC-1 tumor cells. Pretreatment with anti-asialo GM1 (an antibody for NK cell depletion) partly suppressed the inhibitory effects of GS-P on lung metastasis. These data suggest that GS-P exhibits antimetastatic activity by promoting the activation of macrophages and NK cells. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.

Lee D.H.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Kim D.H.,Chung - Ang University | Oh I.Y.,Chung - Ang University | Kim S.Y.,Chung - Ang University | And 6 more authors.
Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin | Year: 2013

Saururus chinensis has been used in folk medicine in Korea for the treatment of edema, jaundice, gonorrhea, and several inflammatory diseases. Saururi chinensis extracts (SCE) have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities, as well as anti-asthmatic, antihypertensive, anti-angiogenic, and therapeutic activities for atopic dermatitis. However, the inhibitory activity of SCE on the melanogenesis signaling pathway is not completely understood. This study examined the effects of SCE on the melanogenesis signaling pathway activated by α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH). We found that SCE inhibited melanin production in a dose-dependent manner without causing cytotoxicity in B16F10 cells. Interestingly, SCE decreased α-MSH-induced tyrosinase activity in B16F10 cells but did not inhibit tyrosinase activity under cell-free conditions. The results of this study indicate that SCE may reduce pigmentation by way of an indirect, nonenzymatic mechanism. We also found that SCE decreased α-MSH-induced microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) and tyrosinase expression and induced the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). These results suggest that the depigmenting effect of SCE may result from downregulation of MITF and tyrosinase expression due to increased ERK activity. Thus, our results provide evidence that SCE might be useful as a potential skin-whitening agent. © 2013 The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.

Lee M.Y.,Konkuk University | Singh D.,Konkuk University | Kim S.H.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Lee S.J.,Holistic Bio Co. | Lee C.H.,Konkuk University
Molecules | Year: 2016

Ultrahigh pressure (UHP) treatments are non-thermal processing methods that have customarily been employed to enhance the quality and productivity of plant consumables. We aimed to evaluate the effects of UHP treatments on ginseng samples (white ginseng: WG; UHP-treated WG: UWG; red ginseng: RG; UHP-treated RG: URG; ginseng berries: GB; and UHP-treated GB: UGB) using metabolite profiling based on ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-linear trap quadrupole-ion trap-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-LTQ-IT-MS/MS) and gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC-TOF-MS). Multivariate data analyses revealed a clear demarcation among the GB and UGB samples, and the phenotypic evaluations correlated the highest antioxidant activities and the total phenolic and flavonoid compositions with the UGB samples. Overall, eight amino acids, seven organic acids, seven sugars and sugar derivatives, two fatty acids, three notoginsenosides, three malonylginsenosides, and three ginsenosides, were identified as significantly discriminant metabolites between the GB and UGB samples, with relatively higher proportions in the latter. Ideally, these metabolites can be used as quality biomarkers for the assessment of ginseng products and our results indicate that UHP treatment likely led to an elevation in the proportions of total extractable metabolites in ginseng samples. © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI.

Lee K.-T.,Yonsei University | Lee J.-W.,Yonsei University | Lee D.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Jung W.-H.,Chung - Ang University | Bahn Y.-S.,Yonsei University
Mycobiology | Year: 2014

The iron uptake and utilization pathways play a critical role in allowing human pathogens, including Cryptococcus neoformans, the causative agent of fatal meningoencephalitis, to survive within the mammalian body by competing with the host for iron. Here we show that the iron regulon is also required for diverse environmental stress responses and that in C. neoformans, it is regulated by the high-osmolarity glycerol response (HOG) pathway. Between CFO1 and CFO2, two ferroxidase genes in the iron regulon, CFO1 but not CFO2 was induced during oxidative and osmotic stress. Interestingly, we found that the HOG pathway repressed basal expression of both CFO1 and CFO2. Furthermore, when the HOG pathway was blocked, CFO2 also responded to oxidative and osmotic stress and the response of CFO1 was increased. We also established that CFO1 plays a major role in responding and adapting to diverse environmental stresses, including oxidative and genotoxic damage, osmotic fluctuations, heavy metal stress, and stress induced by cell membrane destabilizers. Therefore, our findings indicate that in C. neoformans, the iron uptake and utilization pathways are not only required for iron acquisition and survival, but also play a significant role in the environmental stress response through crosstalk with the HOG pathway. © The Korean Society of Mycology.

Park H.-R.,Yonsei University | Ghafoor K.,King Saud University | Lee D.,Yonsei University | Kim S.,Nutrex Technology Co. | And 2 more authors.
Food Science and Biotechnology | Year: 2013

Major ginsenosides in ginseng (Panax ginseng) and its products are highly glycosylated, hence poorly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. β-Glycosidase-assisted deglycosylation of pure ginsenosides was peformed to study bioconversion mechanisms. Ginsenoside standard compounds, crude saponin, and red ginseng extracts were incubated with β-glycosidase (0.05% w/v, 55°C). β-Glycosidase has a broad specificity for β-glycosidic bonds, hydrolyzing the β-(1→6), α-(1→6), and α-(1→2) glycosidic linkages. The final metabolite of protopanaxadiol ginsenosides was Rg3 while the metabolite of protopanaxatriol ginsenosides was Rh1. β-Glycosidase treatment of red ginseng extracts resulted in a decrease in the amounts of Rb1, Rc, Re, and Rg2 after 24 h, whereas levels of the less glycosylated Rd, Rb1, Rg, Rg3, Rg1, and Rh1 forms increased. When crude saponin was incubated with β-glycosidase for 24 h, levels of Rb1, Rc, Re, and Rg1 decreased while levels of Rd, Rg3, and Rh1 increased as deglycosylated ginsenosides. © 2013 The Korean Society of Food Science and Technology and Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Bang S.,Yonsei University | Lee D.,Yonsei University | Lee D.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Kim H.,Yonsei University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture | Year: 2014

BACKGROUND: Gromwell is known to have diverse pharmacological, cosmetic and nutritional benefits for humans. Nevertheless, the biological influence of gromwell extract (GE) on the general physiology of eukaryotic cells remains unknown. In this study a global transcriptome analysis was performed to identify genes affected by the addition of GE with Cryptococcus neoformans as the model system. RESULTS: In response to GE treatment, genes involved in signal transduction were immediately regulated, and the evolutionarily conserved sets of genes involved in the core cellular functions, including DNA replication, RNA transcription/processing and protein translation/processing, were generally up-regulated. In contrast, a number of genes involved in carbohydrate metabolism and transport, inorganic ion transport and metabolism, post-translational modification/protein turnover/chaperone functions and signal transduction were down-regulated. Among the GE-responsive genes that are also evolutionarily conserved in the human genome, the expression patterns of YSA1, TPO2, CFO1 and PZF1 were confirmed by northern blot analysis. Based on the functional characterization of some GE-responsive genes, it was found that GE treatment may promote cellular tolerance against a variety of environmental stresses in eukaryotes. CONCLUSIONS: GE treatment affects the expression levels of a significant portion of the Cryptococcus genome, implying that GE significantly affects the general physiology of eukaryotic cells. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

Lee D.,Yonsei University | Lee D.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Ghafoor K.,King Saud University | Moon S.,Yonsei University | And 4 more authors.
Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods | Year: 2015

High hydrostatic pressure (HHP) is an attractive method for food preservation due to resulting improvements in the quality characteristics of foods, in addition to microbial inactivation. This study aimed at improving the nutraceutical potential of red ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer). HHP treatment of 600 MPa for 1 min at room temperature in conjunction with conventional steaming and drying processes during red ginseng manufacture significantly (P<0.05) increased the total phenolic compounds (from 1.13 to 1.37 mg maltol equivalent/g of red ginseng), particularly maltol (4.38 to 12.61 mg/100 g of red ginseng). Comparison of HHP-red ginseng with conventional red ginseng and white ginseng showed that HHP-red ginseng had a stronger ability to scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl, hydroxyl, and nitric oxide radicals. The ferrous ion chelating and superoxide dismutase activities of HHP-red ginseng were also improved. HHP-red ginseng exhibited a stronger inhibition of rat liver microsomal lipid peroxidation than normal red ginseng. The application of HHP in red ginseng processing is a promising technique to enhance availability of phenolic compounds and nutraceutical characteristics. © 2014 Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Park D.-H.,Dongshin University | Jung D.H.,BIO FDandC Co. | Kim S.J.,BIO FDandC Co. | Kim S.H.,Nutrex Technology Co. | Park K.M.,Dongshin University
BMC Biochemistry | Year: 2014

Background: The cosmetics market has rapidly increased over the last years. For example, in 2011 it reached 242.8 billion US dollars, which was a 3.9% increase compared to 2010. There have been many recent trials aimed at finding the functional ingredients for new cosmetics. Gallic acid is a phytochemical derived from various herbs, and has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antioxidant properties. Although phytochemicals are useful as cosmetic ingredients, they have a number of drawbacks, such as thermal stability, residence time in the skin, and permeability through the dermal layer. To overcome these problems, we considered conjugation of gallic acid with a peptide. Results: We synthesized galloyl-RGD, which represents a conjugate of gallic acid and the peptide RGD, purified it by HPLC and characterized by MALDI-TOF with the aim of using it as a new cosmetic ingredient. Thermal stability of galloyl-RGD was tested at alternating temperatures (consecutive 4°C, 20°C, or 40°C for 8 h each) on days 2, 21, 41, and 61. Galloyl-RGD was relatively safe to HaCaT keratinocytes, as their viability after 48 h incubation with 500 ppm galloyl-RGD was 93.53%. In the group treated with 50 ppm galloyl-RGD, 85.0% of free radicals were removed, whereas 1000 ppm galloyl-RGD suppressed not only L-DOPA formation (43.8%) but also L-DOPA oxidation (54.4%). Conclusions: Galloyl-RGD is a promising candidate for a cosmetic ingredient. © 2014 Park et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

The present invention relates to a preparation method using a fusion expression partner. The method includes preparing a polynucleotide encoding a fusion expression partner selected from the group consisting of SlyD (FKBR-type peptidyl prolyl cis-trans isomerase), Crr (glucose-specific phosphotransferase (PTS) enzyme IIA component), RpoS (RNA polymerase sigma factor), PotD (Spermidine/putrescine-binding periplasmic protein), and RpoA (RNA polymerase alpha subunit), and an expression vector linking a polyDNA fragment of a heterologous protein, preparing a transformant by introducing the expression vector into a host cell, inducing the expression of a recombinant protein by culturing a transformant, and obtaining the expression. In the preparation method of the recombinant protein, the heterologous protein may enhance the water-solubility and folding of the recombinant protein, overcome the limitations about the water-solubility and folding which the conventional fusion expression partners have, and be used widely in the production of pharmaceutical and industrial proteins.

Provided herein are uses of genes for HOG, Ras and cAMP signal transduction pathways to treat fungal infection. To regulate the HOG pathway of Cryptococcus neoformans, roles of SSK1, TCO2, SSK2, PBS2, HOG1, ENA1 and NHA1 genes were investigated to find that a biosynthesis level of ergosterol is increased when these genes are inhibited. When the genes are inhibited, a large amount of ergosterol is distributed on a fungal cell membrane. Accordingly, since there are many working points of an ergosterol-binding antifungal agent, an efficiency of the ergosterol-binding antifungal agent can be considerably improved. To regulate the Ras and cAMP pathways of Cryptococcus neoformans, roles of RAS1, RAS2, CDC24, GPA1, CAC1, ACA1, PKA1, HSP12 and HSP122 genes were investigated to find that a sensitivity to a polyene- or azole-based drug is increased when these genes are inhibited. Therefore, an antifungal pharmaceutical composition including an inhibitor against the gene or protein encoded by the same can be used as an excellent combined antifungal agent which can reduce a conventional amount of an antifungal agent used and increase an efficiency.

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