Chia-Cheng Hung

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Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by the development of multiple hamartomas in many internal organs. Mutations in either one of 2 genes, TSC1 and TSC2, have been attributed to the development of TSC. More than two-thirds of TSC patients are sporadic cases, and a wide variety of mutations in the coding region of(More)
Despite current risk-directed therapy, approximately 15-20% of pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have relapses. Recent genome-wide analyses have identified that an alteration of IKZF1 is associated with very poor outcomes in B-cell progenitor ALL. In this study, we determined the prognostic significance of IKZF1 deletions in(More)
Autosomal recessive spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common, fatal neuromuscular disease caused by homozygous absence of the SMN1 gene in approximately 94% of patients. However, a highly homologous SMN2 gene exists in the same chromosome interval, centromeric to SMN1, and hampers detection of SMN1. We present a new, rapid, simple, and highly reliable(More)
Purpose:The feasibility of genetic screening for deafness-causing mutations in newborns has been reported in several studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term results in those who screened positive for deafness mutations; these results are crucial to determine the cost-effectiveness to justify population-wide genetic(More)
Bioassay-directed fractionation of the EtOAc extract of Kadsura japonica has led to the isolation of six new C18 dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans, schizanrins I, J, K, L, M, N, along with four known C19 homolignans, taiwanschirins A, B, C, and heteroclitin F. The elucidations of the new structures were based on spectral analysis. Bioassay evaluation against(More)
OBJECTIVES alpha-Thalassemia, the most common single gene disorder in humans, is due to the absence of one (-alpha/alphaalpha) or both (--/alphaalpha) of the two functional alpha-globin genes (alpha1 and alpha2). The -alpha(3.7) and -alpha(4.2) single gene deletions are common in Southeast Asian populations. Southern blotting analysis and gap PCR assay are(More)
Universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) is of paramount importance for early identification and management of hearing impairment in children. However, infants with slight/mild, progressive, or late-onset hearing impairment might be missed in conventional UNHS. To investigate whether genetic screening for common deafness-associated mutations could assist(More)
OBJECTIVES The fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 gene (FGFR3) plays a critical role in cartilage growth-plate differentiation and bony development. It has been shown that 97% of patients with achondroplasia have a G to A transition mutation at position 1138 (c.1138 G>A) of codon 380 of the FGFR3 gene. DESIGN AND METHODS Exon 8 of the FGFR3 gene was(More)
Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. The genetic defect is usually caused by heterozygous mutations of the PHOX2B gene such as a 20-alanine tract (+5 to+13 alanines) expansion (approximately 95%) and occasional frameshift or missense mutations. Cytoplasmic aggregates were shown in PHOX2B proteins(More)
OBJECTIVE Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) offers an alternative for women to carry an unaffected fetus risk of hereditary diseases. Trophectoderm biopsy may provide more cells for accurate diagnosis. However, the time allowed for transportation of the specimens to the laboratory and performance of molecular diagnosis is limited. We designed a PGD(More)