Grace Chee Yeng Wang

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Vitiligo is a common pigment disease that is difficult to treat. The mechanism of repigmentation is not known. We combined Dopa-Toluidine Blue complex stain, hair follicle split-Dopa stain, and hair follicle split-scanning electron microscope (SEM) to observe the changes of melanocytes in 23 normal, 24 vitiliginous, and 36 repigmented skin specimens. We(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that large intervening non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) regulate key pathways in cancer invasion and metastasis. In this observational retrospective study, the expression of the oncogenic lincRNA HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) gene was measured in 63 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following hepatic resection. The(More)
An outbreak of a multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii in February through September 1996 affected 103 patients in a regional hospital in Singapore. We describe the effectiveness of closure of the outbreak area and the importance of good teamwork in the management of the outbreak.
OBJECTIVE To compare the incidence of carbapenemase genes in Acinetobacter baumannii between two time periods. METHODS We studied 114 isolates of imipenem-resistant A. baumannii collected over two 5 month periods (in 1996 and 2001). Isolates showing carbapenemase activity by plate bioassay were screened for carbapenemase genes using PCR. Chromosomal DNA(More)
Four carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas spp. were isolated from patients in Singapore. One Pseudomonas putida isolate contained a bla(IMP-1) identical to that first described in Japan. The sequence of a variant bla(IMP-1) in Pseudomonas fluorescens contained four silent mutations compared with the original sequence. The remaining P. putida isolates contained(More)
Thirty-six isolates of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa were studied. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis revealed the presence of two clones. One clone carried a bla(IMP-1) gene identical to that first described in Japan. The other clone carried a bla(IMP-1) variant containing four silent mutations. One isolate with a unique pulsed-field gel(More)
We report the first outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium colonization and infection among inpatients in the hematology ward of an acute tertiary care public hospital in Singapore. Two cases of bacteremia and 4 cases of gastrointestinal carriage were uncovered before implementation of strict infection control measures resulted in control of(More)
Multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotype Typhimurium DT104L was first reported in Singapore from mid-July to mid-October 2000. Salmonella strains isolated from clinical laboratories were submitted to a reference laboratory for serotyping, phage-typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) using XbaI restriction endonuclease. An(More)