Choong Yong Ung

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The ability or inability of a drug to penetrate into the brain is a key consideration in drug design. Drugs for treating central nervous system (CNS) disorders need to be able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB). BBB nonpenetration is desirable for non-CNS-targeting drugs to minimize potential CNS-related side effects. Computational methods have been(More)
BACKGROUND Computational methods have been developed for predicting allergen proteins from sequence segments that show identity, homology, or motif match to a known allergen. These methods achieve good prediction accuracies, but are less effective for novel proteins with no similarity to any known allergen. METHODS This work tests the feasibility of using(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is widely practised and is viewed as an attractive alternative to conventional medicine. Quantitative information about TCM prescriptions, constituent herbs and herbal ingredients is necessary for studying and exploring TCM. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We manually collected information on TCM in books(More)
Pregnane X receptor (PXR) regulates drug metabolism and is involved in drug-drug interactions. Prediction of PXR activators is important for evaluating drug metabolism and toxicity. Computational pharmacophore and quantitative structure-activity relationship models have been developed for predicting PXR activators. Because of the structural diversity of PXR(More)
Mercury is a prominent environmental contaminant that causes detrimental effects to human health. Although the liver has been known to be a main target organ, there is limited information on in vivo molecular mechanism of mercury-induced toxicity in the liver. By using transcriptome analysis, phenotypic anchoring and validation of targeted gene expression(More)
Bisphenol-A is an important environmental contaminant due to the increased early-life exposure that may pose significant health-risks to various organisms including humans. This study aimed to use zebrafish as a toxicogenomic model to capture transcriptomic and phenotypic changes for inference of signaling pathways, biological processes, physiological(More)
Various toxicological profiles, such as genotoxic potential, need to be studied in drug discovery processes and submitted to the drug regulatory authorities for drug safety evaluation. As part of the effort for developing low cost and efficient adverse drug reaction testing tools, several statistical learning methods have been used for developing(More)
Interest in essential genes has arisen recently given their importance in antimicrobial drug development. Although knockouts of essential genes are commonly known to cause lethal phenotypes, there is insufficient understanding on the intermediate changes followed by genetic perturbation and to what extent essential genes correlate to other genes. Here, we(More)
Determination of potential drug toxicity and side effect in early stages of drug development is important in reducing the cost and time of drug discovery. In this work, we explore a computer method for predicting potential toxicity and side effect protein targets of a small molecule. A ligand-protein inverse docking approach is used for computer-automated(More)
Growing evidence suggests a major role for Src-homology-2-domain-containing phosphatase 2 (SHP2/PTPN11) in MYCN-driven high-risk neuroblastoma, although biologic confirmation and a plausible mechanism for this contribution are lacking. Using a zebrafish model of MYCN-overexpressing neuroblastoma, we demonstrate that mutant ptpn11 expression in the adrenal(More)