David Eng Hui Ong

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are becoming more common in Asia, but epidemiologic data are lacking. The Asia-Pacific Crohn's and Colitis Epidemiology Study aimed to determine the incidence and phenotype of IBD in 8 countries across Asia and in Australia. METHODS We performed a prospective, population-based study of IBD incidence in(More)
The distribution of cellular retinoic acid-binding protein (CRABP) in four stages of chick development is described using an affinity-purified antibody against rat CRABP. CRABP is the protein to which retinoic acid (RA) binds when it enters cells and may reflect the requirement of those cells for RA. We found several discrete cell populations which showed(More)
OBJECTIVE The rising incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in Asia supports the importance of environmental risk factors in disease aetiology. This prospective population-based case-control study in Asia-Pacific examined risk factors prior to patients developing IBD. DESIGN 442 incident cases (186 Crohn's disease (CD); 256 UC; 374 Asians) diagnosed(More)
A number of specific carrier proteins for members of the vitamin A family have been discovered. Two of these proteins bind all-trans-retinol and are found within cells important in vitamin A metabolism or function. These two proteins have considerable sequence homology and have been named cellular retinol-binding protein (CRBP) and cellular retinol-binding(More)
The fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) family consists of small, cytosolic proteins believed to be involved in the uptake, transport, and solubilization of their hydrophobic ligands. Members of this family have highly conserved sequences and tertiary structures. Using an antibody against testis lipid-binding protein, a member of the FABP family, a protein(More)
We have analysed the distribution of cellular retinol-binding protein (CRBP) and cellular retinoic acid-binding protein (CRABP) in the day 8.5-day 12 mouse and rat embryo. CRBP is localised in the heart, gut epithelium, notochord, otic vesicle, sympathetic ganglia, lamina terminalis of the brain, and, most strikingly, in a ventral stripe across the(More)
Cellular retinol-binding protein (CRBP) and cellular retinol-binding protein, type ii (CRBP(II] are cytoplasmic proteins that bind trans-retinol as an endogenous ligand. These proteins are structurally similar having greater than 50% sequence homology. Employing fluorescence, absorbance, and competition studies, the ability of pure preparations of CRBP(II)(More)
Three members of the superfamily of small intracellular carrier proteins for lipophilic compounds are cellular retinol-binding protein (CRBP), cellular retinoic acid-binding protein (CRABP), and cellular retinoic acid-binding protein II (CRABP II). Retinol-binding protein (RBP) is a secreted protein that binds and solubilizes vitamin A for transport. Here(More)
Retinoic acid may be the natural morphogen used to generate digit pattern in the chick limb bud. It has been proposed that retinoic acid acts by binding to a cellular retinoic acid-binding protein (CRABP) and then entering the nucleus to alter the pattern of gene activity. High-affinity receptors that bind both retinoic acid and DNA and are analogous to the(More)