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Articles by W. J Lee
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  E. H Koh , M Kim , K. C Ranjan , H. S Kim , H. S Park , K. S Oh , I. S Park , W. J Lee , M. S Kim , J. Y Park , J. H Youn and K. U. Lee
 

Nitric oxide (NO) stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis. We recently reported that adiponectin synthesis is regulated by mitochondrial function in adipocytes. This study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) plays an important role in adiponectin synthesis by producing NO and enhancing mitochondrial function in adipocytes. We examined the effects of eNOS knockdown on adiponectin synthesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and also examined plasma adiponectin levels and the mitochondria in adipose tissue of eNOS knockout (eNOS–/–) mice with and without chronic administration of a NO donor. In cultured 3T3-L1 adipocytes, eNOS siRNA decreased rosiglitazone-induced adiponectin secretion, which was associated with decreases in mitochondrial proteins and biogenesis factors. Plasma adiponectin concentrations were reduced in adult eNOS–/– mice compared with age-matched wild-type mice. Mitochondrial contents in adipose tissue were reduced in eNOS–/– mice, and this was associated with decreased expression of mitochondrial biogenesis factors, increased levels of 8-hydroxyguanosine, a biomarker of oxidative stress, and morphological abnormalities in mitochondria. Rosiglitazone-induced increases in adiponectin expression and mitochondrial content were also reduced significantly in eNOS–/– mice. Chronic administration of a NO donor reversed mitochondrial abnormalities and increased adiponectin expression in adipose tissue of eNOS–/– mice. eNOS plays an important role in adiponectin synthesis in adipocytes by increasing mitochondrial biogenesis and enhancing mitochondrial function.

  S. H Kim , J Lee , M. J Kim , Y. H Jeon , Y Park , D Choi , W. J Lee and H. K. Lim
 

OBJECTIVE. We compared the diagnostic performance of gadoxetic acid–enhanced MRI with that of triple-phase 16-, 40-, and 64-MDCT in the preoperative detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Sixty-two consecutively registered patients (54 men, eight women; age range, 31–67 years) with 83 HCCs underwent triple-phase (arterial, portal venous, equilibrium) CT at 16-, 40-, or 64-MDCT and gadoxetic acid–enhanced 3-T MRI. The diagnosis of HCC was established after surgical resection. Three observers independently and randomly reviewed the MR and CT images on a tumor-by-tumor basis. The diagnostic accuracy of these techniques in the detection of HCC was assessed with alternative free response receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Sensitivity, positive and negative predictive values, and sensitivity according to tumor size were evaluated.

RESULTS. For each observer, the areas under the ROC curve were 0.971, 0.959, and 0.967 for MRI and 0.947, 0.950, and 0.943 for CT. The differences were not statistically significant between the two techniques for each observer (p > 0.05). The differences in sensitivity and positive and negative predictive values between the two techniques for each observer were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Among 10 HCCs 1 cm in diameter or smaller, each of the observers detected seven tumors with MRI. With CT, one observer detected five, one observer detected four, and one observer detected three HCCs with no statistically significant difference (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSION. Gadoxetic acid–enhanced MRI and triple-phase MDCT have similar diagnostic performance in the preoperative detection of HCC, but MRI may be better than MDCT in the detection of HCC 1 cm in diameter or smaller.

  W. J Lee , E. S Cha , M Ha , Y. W Jin , S. S Hwang , K. A Kong , S. W Lee , H. K Lee , K. Y Lee and H. J. Kim
 

This study details the distribution and trends of doses of occupational radiation among diagnostic radiation workers by using the national dose registry between 1996 and 2006 by the Korea Food and Drug Administration. Dose measurements were collected quarterly by the use of thermoluminescent dosemeter personal monitors. A total of 61 732 workers were monitored, including 18 376 radiologic technologists (30 %), 13 762 physicians (22 %), 9858 dentists (16 %) and 6114 dental hygienists (9.9 %). The average annual effective doses of all monitored workers decreased from 1.75 to 0.80 mSv over the study period. Among all diagnostic radiation workers, radiologic technologists received both the highest effective and collective doses. Male radiologic technologists aged 30–49 y composed the majority of workers receiving more than 5 mSv in a quarter. More intensive monitoring of occupational radiation exposure and investigation into its health effects on diagnostic radiation workers are required in South Korea.

 
 
 
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