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Articles by B Hong
Total Records ( 3 ) for B Hong
  V. W.Y Lui , D. M.S Yau , E. Y.L Wong , Y. K Ng , C. P. K Lau , Y Ho , J. P.L Chan , B Hong , K Ho , C. S Cheung , C. M Tsang , S. W Tsao and A. T.C. Chan

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is an Asian-prevalent head and neck cancer with high invasiveness. Although several important risk factors for NPC development have been identified, there is currently no preventive strategy for NPC, even in endemic regions. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been implicated in NPC carcinogenesis, which may serve as a potential target for cancer prevention. Here, we examined the chemopreventive potential of Cucurbitacin I, a natural-occurring selective inhibitor of JAK/STAT3, in NPC models. We hypothesized that Cucurbitacin I would prevent NPC invasion and tumor formation. Our data demonstrated that brief exposure of NPC cells to Cucurbitacin I was sufficient to significantly reduce the in vitro clonogenicity and in vivo tumorigenicity of NPC cells. The chemopreventive potential of Cucurbitacin I was further demonstrated by pre-dosing of the animals with Cucurbitacin I prior to tumor inoculation, which was found to be able to suppress tumor growth up to 7 days post-inoculation. The anti-proliferation activity of Cucurbitacin I was accompanied by downregulation of phospho-STAT3 and STAT3 target gene expression (e.g. cyclin D1 and Mcl-1). Cucurbitacin I also reduced the invasiveness of invasive NPC cell lines with elevated STAT3 activation. Furthermore, our data demonstrated for the first time that Cucurbitacin I harbored potent anoikis-sensitization activity (i.e. sensitizing cancer cells to detachment-induced cell death) against human cancer. Taken together, our results suggested that Cucurbitacin I may be a potent chemopreventive agent for NPC with anti-invasion and anoikis-sensitizing activities.

  C Yoo , J. E Kim , J. L Lee , J. H Ahn , D. H Lee , J. S Lee , S Na , C. S Kim , J. H Hong , B Hong , C Song and H. Ahn

The effects of sunitinib in a broad patient population, especially those of Asian ethnicity, have been rarely investigated. Here, we assessed the efficacy and safety of sunitinib in Korean patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.


Between April 2006 and August 2008, 77 Korean patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma were treated with sunitinib. We performed retrospective analysis for efficacy in terms of survival outcomes and response rate. Toxicity profiles were also assessed.


A total of 65 patients, including 39 (60%) patients without previous cytotoxic or immunotherapy, were eligible for the analysis. In 53 patients with measurable lesions, the objective response rate was 43% and disease control was achieved in 46 (86%) patients. The median time to treatment failure, time to progression and overall survival were 7.0, 11.8 and 22.8 months, respectively, with a median follow-up of 26.8 months in surviving patients. The most common treatment-related adverse events were fatigue (81%) and stomatitis (60%). The most common Grade 3 or 4 adverse events were hand–foot syndrome (16%), thrombocytopenia (16%) and stomatitis (10%). Dose reduction was required in 46% of patients.


The efficacy was similar to a previous Phase III trial and a safety profile of sunitinib was manageable in Korean patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma, although the incidence of dose reduction and Grade 3 or 4 adverse events were higher than those of western reports. Future studies should investigate the ethnic differences in toxicity profiles of sunitinib.

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