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Articles by S. J. Kim
Total Records ( 3 ) for S. J. Kim
  W Jin , G. M Kim , M. S Kim , M. H Lim , C Yun , J Jeong , J. S Nam and S. J. Kim

Tropomyosin-related kinase (Trk) C, a member of the Trk family of neurotrophin receptors, has been implicated in the growth and survival of human cancer tissues. Here, we report that TrkC is frequently overexpressed in human breast cancers and plays an essential role in tumor growth and metastasis. Ectopic expression of TrkC in non-malignant mammary epithelial cells suppressed anoikis, which correlated with activation of the Ras-mitogen-activated protein kinase and phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathways, and reduced expression of the metastatic regulator Twist. Furthermore, suppression of TrkC expression in highly metastatic mammary carcinoma cells inhibited their growth in vitro, as well as their ability to metastasize from the mammary gland to the lung in vivo. These results have identified TrkC as a critical regulator of breast cancer cell growth and metastasis.

  S. M Ahn , T. H Kim , S Lee , D Kim , H Ghang , D. S Kim , B. C Kim , S. Y Kim , W. Y Kim , C Kim , D Park , Y. S Lee , S Kim , R Reja , S Jho , C. G Kim , J. Y Cha , K. H Kim , B Lee , J Bhak and S. J. Kim

We present the first Korean individual genome sequence (SJK) and analysis results. The diploid genome of a Korean male was sequenced to 28.95-fold redundancy using the Illumina paired-end sequencing method. SJK covered 99.9% of the NCBI human reference genome. We identified 420,083 novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are not in the dbSNP database. Despite a close similarity, significant differences were observed between the Chinese genome (YH), the only other Asian genome available, and SJK: (1) 39.87% (1,371,239 out of 3,439,107) SNPs were SJK-specific (49.51% against Venter's, 46.94% against Watson's, and 44.17% against the Yoruba genomes); (2) 99.5% (22,495 out of 22,605) of short indels (< 4 bp) discovered on the same loci had the same size and type as YH; and (3) 11.3% (331 out of 2920) deletion structural variants were SJK-specific. Even after attempting to map unmapped reads of SJK to unanchored NCBI scaffolds, HGSV, and available personal genomes, there were still 5.77% SJK reads that could not be mapped. All these findings indicate that the overall genetic differences among individuals from closely related ethnic groups may be significant. Hence, constructing reference genomes for minor socio-ethnic groups will be useful for massive individual genome sequencing.

  H Zheng , J. H Nam , B Pang , D. H Shin , J. S Kim , Y. S Chun , J. W Park , H Bang , W. K Kim , Y. E Earm and S. J. Kim

Mouse B cells and their cell line (WEHI-231) express large-conductance background K+ channels (LKbg) that are activated by arachidonic acids, characteristics similar to TREK-2. However, there is no evidence to identify the molecular nature of LKbg; some properties of LKbg were partly different from the reported results of TREK type channels. In this study, we compared the properties of cloned TREK-2 and LKbg in terms of their sensitivities to ATP, phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), intracellular pH (pHi), and membrane stretch. Similar to the previous findings of LKbg, TREK-2 showed spontaneous activation after membrane excision (i-o patch) and were inhibited by MgATP or by PIP2. The inhibition by MgATP was prevented by wortmannin, suggesting membrane-delimited regulation of TREKs by phosphoinositide (PI) kinase. The same was observed with the property of LKbg; the activation of TREK-2 by membrane stretch was suppressed by U73122 (PLC inhibitor). As with the known properties of TREK-2, LKbg were activated by acidic pHi and inhibited by PKC activator. Finally, we confirmed the expression of TREK-2 in WEHI-231 by using RT-PCR and immunoblot analyses. The amplitude of background K+ current and the TREK-2 expression in WEHI-231 were commonly decreased by genetic knockdown of TREK-2 using small interfering RNA. The downregulation of TREK-2 attenuated Ca2+-influx induced by arachidonic acid in WEHI-231. As a whole, these results strongly indicate that TREK-2 encodes LKbg in mouse B cells. We also newly suggest that the low activity of TREK-2 in intact cells is due to the inhibition by intrinsic PIP2.

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