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Articles by B. J. Lee
Total Records ( 3 ) for B. J. Lee
  N. K Yeo , J. H Wang , Y. S Chung , Y. J Jang and B. J. Lee

Objective  To analyze the incidence of prolonged epiphora after maxillectomy according to transected nasolacrimal duct management technique, type of tumor, radiotherapy, and timing of tube removal and performance of dacryocystorhinotomy.

Design  Retrospective medical record review.

Settings  University hospitals.

Patients  We studied 89 patients (90 cases) who underwent nasolacrimal duct transection during maxillectomy with preservation of orbital contents for the management of sinonasal tumors between July 1, 1996, and January 31, 2008.

Main Outcome Measures  The incidence of prolonged epiphora was analyzed according to 4 different transected nasolacrimal duct management techniques: simple transection without any additional procedure, silicone tube stenting, transcanalicular Silastic stenting, and marsupialization without stenting. We also analyzed the relationship between other factors (type of tumor, radiotherapy, and timing of tube removal) and the incidence of prolonged epiphora. Prolonged epiphora was defined as persistent if it lasted longer than 6 months.

Results  The overall incidence of prolonged epiphora was 15.6% (14 of 90 cases). The prolonged epiphora rates differed according to the management technique (no procedure, 27.3% [3 of 11 cases]; silicone tube, 7.0% [4 of 57 cases]; transcanalicular Silastic stenting, 66.7% [4 of 6 cases]; marsupialization, 18.8% [3 of 16 cases]; P = .002). The silicone tube technique showed the lowest rate (odds ratio = 0.20, P = .06). In contrast, the incidence of prolonged epiphora was not affected by the type of tumor, postoperative radiotherapy, or timing of tube removal.

Conclusion  Silicone tube stenting can be used as the effective and convenient transected nasolacrimal duct reconstructive technique to prevent prolonged epiphora.

  S. B Jang , A. R Kwon , W. S Son , S. J Park and B. J. Lee

The HP0062 gene encodes a small acidic protein of 86 amino acids with a theoretical pI of 4.6. The crystal structure of hypothetical protein HP0062 from Helicobacter pylori has been determined at 1.65 Å by molecular-replacement method. The crystallographic asymmetric unit contains dimer, in which HP0062 monomer folds into a helix–hairpin–helix structure. The two protomers are primarily held together by extensive hydrophobic interactions in an antiparallel arrangement, forming a four helix bundle. Aromatic residues located at a or g position in the heptad leucine zipper are not major contributor required for HP0062 dimerization but important for the thermostability of this protein.

  S. B Jang , C Ma , J. Y Lee , J. H Kim , S. J Park , A. R Kwon and B. J. Lee

The HP0827 protein is an 82-residue protein identified as a putative ss-DNA-binding protein 12RNP2 Precursor from Helicobacter pylori. Here, we have determined 3D structure of HP0827 using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. It has a ferredoxin-like fold, β1–1–β2–β3–2–β4 (; -helix and β; β-sheet) and ribonucleoprotein (RNP) motifs which are thought to be important in RNA binding. By using structural homologues search and analyzing electrostatic potential of surface, we could compared HP0827 with other RNA-binding proteins (sex-lethal, T-cell restricted intracellular antigen-1, U1A) to predict RNA-binding sites of HP0827. We could predict that β sheets of HP0827, especially β1 and β3, are primary region for RNA binding. Consequently, similar to other RNA-binding proteins, RNP motifs (Y5, F45, F47), positively charged and hydrophobic regions (K32, R37, K40, K41, K43, R70, R73) are proposed as a putative RNA-binding sites. In addition, differences in amino acids composition of RNP motifs, N, C-terminal residues, loop-region fold and the orientation of 1-helix with other RNA recognition motif proteins could give specific biological functions to HP0827. Finally, the study on natural RNA target is also important to completely understand the biological function of HP0827.

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