Erliang Zeng

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One of the hallmarks of the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is its ability to thrive in diverse environments that includes humans with a variety of debilitating diseases or immune deficiencies. Here we report the complete sequence and comparative analysis of the genomes of two representative P. aeruginosa strains isolated from cystic fibrosis(More)
Mutations in the 81-bp rifampin resistance determining region (RRDR) and mutation V176F locating at the beginning of the ropB gene were analyzed by DNA sequencing of 86 Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates (72 resistant and 14 sensitive) from different parts of China. Sixty-five mutations of 22 distinct kinds, 21 point mutations, and 1 insertion(More)
BACKGROUND Macrophages infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) are known to be refractory to IFN-γ stimulation. Previous studies have shown that M.tb express components such as the 19-kDa lipoprotein and peptidoglycan that can bind to macrophage receptors including the Toll-like receptor 2 resulting in the loss in IFN-γ responsiveness. However, it(More)
Microbial communities play vital roles in many aspects of our lives, although our understanding of microbial biogeography and community profiles remains unclear. The number of microbes or the diversity of the microbes, even in small environmental niches, is staggering. Current microbiological methods used to analyse these communities are limited, in that(More)
Leishmania major-infected human dendritic cells (DCs) exhibit a marked induction of IL-12, ultimately promoting a robust Th1-mediated response associated with parasite killing and protective immunity. The host cell transcription machinery associated with the specific IL-12 induction observed during L. major infection remains to be thoroughly elucidated. In(More)
In this paper, we have modified a constrained clustering algorithm to perform exploratory analysis on gene expression data using prior knowledge presented in the form of constraints. We have also studied the effectiveness of various constraints sets. To address the problem of automatically generating constraints from biological text literature, we(More)
There is very little information available with regard to gene regulatory relationships in Plasmodium falciparum. In an attempt to discover transcription factor binding motifs (TFBMs) in P. falciparum, we considered two approaches. In the first approach, gene expression data of all the conditions were fed into the Iterative Signature Algorithm (ISA), which(More)
The failure to clear apoptotic cells is linked to defects in development and autoimmunity. Complement component C1q is required for efficient engulfment of apoptotic cells (efferocytosis), and C1q deficiency leads to the development of lupus. We recently identified a novel molecular mechanism for C1q-dependent efferocytosis in murine macrophages. C1q(More)
Failure to efficiently clear apoptotic cells is linked to defects in development and the onset of autoimmunity. Complement component C1q is required for efficient engulfment of apoptotic cells in mice and humans; however, the molecular mechanisms leading to C1q-dependent engulfment are not fully understood. In this study, we used primary mouse macrophages(More)
DNA microarray represents one of the major advances in diagnostic sequencing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products. Until now, arrays have been relatively expensive, complex to perform, and difficult to interpret, limiting their wide application in the clinical laboratory. A moderate-density oligonucleotide microarray that can rapidly identify(More)