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Articles by O Kwon
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  O Kwon , S. J Jeong , S. O Kim , L He , H. G Lee , K. L Jang , H Osada , M Jung , B. Y Kim and J. S. Ahn
 

E-cadherin, as a tumor suppressor, plays an important role for intercellular adhesion involved in metastasis. Although K-Ras is highly expressed in a variety of cancers, the regulation of E-cadherin expression by K-Ras in association with DNA methylation and cell metastasis has not been completely clarified. In this study, E-cadherin expression was repressed in 267B1/K-Ras human epithelial prostate cancer cells stably overexpressing K-Ras, resulting from hypermethylation of E-cadherin promoter as evidenced by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR), bisulfite sequencing, real-time reverse transcription–PCR and western blot analysis. The increased level of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) 3b in 267B1/K-Ras cells was reduced by small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of k-ras, whereas DNMT1 and DNMT3a did not change regardless of K-Ras or 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5'-AzaC) treatment. Furthermore, binding of DNMT3b to E-cadherin promoter was increased in 267B1/K-Ras cells but was reduced by 5'-AzaC, as revealed by chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, which was in agreement with cell aggregation and invasive mobilization of the cells. Hence, our data suggest that increased binding of DNMT3b to E-cadherin promoter region by K-Ras cause promoter hypermethylation for reduced expression of E-cadherin, leading to the decreased cell aggregation and increased metastasis of human prostate cancer cells overexpressing K-Ras.

  S Kim , D. B Oh , O Kwon and H. A. Kang
 

Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a pathogenic Gram-positive bacterium, contains sialic acids on its cell surface, but no genes related to sialic acid decoration or metabolism have been reported in C. diphtheriae. In the present study, we have identified a putative sialidase gene, nanH, from C. diphtheriae KCTC3075 and characterized its product for enzyme activity. Interestingly, the recombinant NanH protein was secreted as a catalytically active sialidase into the periplasmic space in Escherichia coli, while the short region at its C-terminus was truncated by proteolysis. We reconstructed a truncated NanH protein (His6-NanHN) devoid of its signal sequence as a mature enzyme fused with the 6xHis tag at the N-terminal region. The purified His6-NanHN can cleave -2,3- and -2,6-linked sialic acid from sialic acid-containing substrates. In addition, even though the efficiency was low, the recombinant His6-NanHN was able to catalyse the transfer of sialic acid using several sialoconjugates as donor, suggesting that the reversible nature of C. diphtheriae NanH can be used for the synthesis of sialyl oligosaccharides via transglycosylation reaction.

 
 
 
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