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Articles by J. Song
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  K Zhang , D Wang and J. Song

Cortactin is an F-actin binding protein, regulating cell movement and adhesive junction assembly. However, the function of cortactin in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) remains elusive. Here we found that during transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT in AML-12 murine hepatocytes, cortactin underwent tyrosine dephosphorylation. Inhibition of the dephosphorylation of cortactin by sodium vanadate blocked TGF-β1-induced EMT. Knockdown of cortactin by RNAi led to decrease of intercellular junction proteins E-cadherin and Zonula occludens-1 and induced expression of mesenchymal protein fibronectin. Additionally, knockdown of cortactin further promoted TGF-β1-induced EMT in AML-12 cells, as determined by EMT markers and cell morphological changes. Moreover, migration assay showed that cortactin knockdown promoted the migration of AML-12 cells, and also enhanced TGF-β1-induced migration. Our study showed the involvement of cortactin in the TGF-β1-induced EMT.

  D. H Ko , S. H Jun , H. D Park , S. H Song , K. U Park , J. Q Kim , Y. H Song and J. Song

Background: Galactosemia is one of the most important inherited disorders detected by newborn screening tests. Abnormal results in screening tests should be confirmed by enzyme activity assays, but existing methods are time and labor intensive. We developed a novel multiplex enzyme assay for galactosemia using ultraperformance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS).

Methods: [13C6]-galactose, [13C2]-galactose-1-phosphate, and UDP-glucose were used as substrates for 3 galactose-metabolizing enzymes. The end products from the combined reaction mixtures, [13C6]-galactose-1-phosphate, UDP-[13C2]-galactose, and UDP-galactose, were simultaneously measured using UPLC-MS/MS. Linearity, imprecision, ion suppression, and the effects of substrate were evaluated to determine assay performance. Enzyme activities from 35 healthy individuals, 8 patients with enzyme deficiency, and 18 mutant cells were analyzed.

Results: Substrates, products, and internal standards from the mixture of 3 enzyme reactions were clearly separated by using UPLC-MS/MS, with an injection cycle time of 10 min. Ion suppression was 0.1%–2.5%, the interassay imprecision of UPLC-MS/MS was 3.3%–10.6% CV, and the linearity of each system was good (R2 = 0.994–0.999). Patient samples and mutated cells showed consistently low enzyme activities compared with those of normal individuals and wild-type cells.

Conclusions: This method allows for a high-throughput and reproducible multiplex enzyme assay for galactosemia in erythrocytes.

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