Chih-Kang Huang

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BACKGROUND Although food allergy is a serious health problem in westernized countries, factors influencing the development of food allergy are largely unknown. Appropriate murine models of food allergy would be useful in understanding the mechanisms underlying food allergy in human subjects. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the susceptibility of different(More)
BACKGROUND T(H)2 cytokines play a central role in the pathogenesis of allergic asthma. We previously showed that the "antiasthma" Chinese herbal formula MSSM-002 exhibited therapeutic effects on established allergic airway responses in a murine model of allergic asthma. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE The(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common autosomal recessive diseases in the white population, with a prevalence estimate of 1 in 2500 to 3300 live births. CF is characterized by viscous mucus in the lungs with involvement of digestive and reproductive systems as well as sweat glands (excess salt loss). Treatment for CF patients is palliative. Over(More)
The annual incidence of venous thromboembolism is approximately 117 per 100,000 persons or about 1 per 1000 person-years, with the majority of the disease occurring in the older age groups. Factor V Leiden gene (most common) and the prothrombin G20210A gene mutation are inherited mild to moderate risk factors for hypercoagulability. The anticoagulant(More)
BACKGROUND Peanut allergy (PNA) is a life-threatening food allergy for which there is no definitive treatment. OBJECTIVE We investigated the long-term immunomodulatory effect of heat-killed Escherichia coli producing engineered (mutated) Ara h1, 2, and 3 (HKE-MP123) administered rectally (pr) in a murine model of PNA. METHODS Peanut-allergic C3H/HeJ(More)
The correlation of JAK2V617F with a proportion of chronic myeloproliferative disorders has generated numerous studies focused on the development of molecular-based assays for JAK2V617F detection. The current parallel study comparatively evaluated 3 JAK2V617F molecular detection methods. Genomic DNA from blood or bone marrow was assayed by 3 laboratories(More)
Reports of interstitial deletions involving proximal long arm of chromosome 2 are limited. Based on early chromosomal analysis studies, the phenotypic consequence of deletions at the ancestral chromosome fusion site at chromosome 2q13q14.1 remains unclear. A recurrent 1.71 Mb deletion at 2q13 has recently been proposed as a new genomic disorder, associated(More)
UDP glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1 gene promoter polymorphism can affect the expression level of the UGT 1A1 enzyme. The polymorphism consists of an insertion of a TA nucleotide sequence into a (TA)6TAA sequence in the gene promoter resulting in (TA)7TAA (UGT1A1*28). This results in a reduced UGT 1A1 expression with 70% less glucuronidation capacity for(More)
Supplies, such as bags of plastic reaction tubes, are sometimes left in the laminar flow hoods unintentionally while the ultraviolet (UV) lamp is illuminated overnight. In addition, UV irradiation is used for sterilization and amplicon inactivation to avoid contamination. The oligonucleotide ligation assay (OLA) is a unique approach to mutation detection of(More)
We report on the clinical and array-based characterization of an interstitial 1p31.3 deletion in a 15-year-old male patient with obesity, behavioral problems including multiple psychiatric diagnoses, mild intellectual impairment, facial dysmorphism, and a strong family history of psychiatric illness. The deletion breakpoints were determined by molecular(More)