Ken T. K. Chong

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Despite the unique phenotypic properties and clinical importance of Penicillium marneffei, the polyketide synthase genes in its genome have never been characterized. Twenty-three putative polyketide synthase genes and two putative polyketide synthase nonribosomal peptide-synthase hybrid genes were identified in the P. marneffei genome, a diversity much(More)
Traditional ways of identifying slow growing bacteria is slow and often difficult. In this study, a small, Gram-negative, facultative anaerobic, slow growing bacillus was isolated from the blood culture of a 7-year old traffic accident victim. The bacterium was non-hemolytic, catalase and oxidase positive. An attempt to use the Vitek system (GNI+) and the(More)
We have previously reported the cloning and characterization of the MP1 gene in Penicillium marneffei and the AFMP1 gene in Aspergillus fumigatus and their use for serodiagnosis of penicilliosis and aspergilloma and invasive aspergillosis, respectively. In this study, we describe the cloning of the AFLMP1 gene, which encodes the homologous antigenic cell(More)
All meiotic genes (except HOP1) and genes encoding putative pheromone processing enzymes, pheromone receptors and pheromone response pathways proteins in Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus nidulans and a putative MAT-1 alpha box mating-type gene were present in the Penicillium marneffei genome. A putative MAT-2 high-mobility group mating-type gene was(More)
Acupuncture has been gaining popularity as a form of alternative medicine. In the past, only blood-borne viruses and anecdotal reports of bacterial infections have been associated with acupuncture. We report on four patients with mycobacterial infections complicating acupuncture who were encountered in a 2-year period. All had clinical and/or radiological(More)
A highly reproducible and discriminative typing system is essential for better understanding of the epidemiology of Penicillium marneffei, the most important thermal dimorphic fungus causing respiratory, skin, and systemic mycosis in Southeast Asia. The sequences of 11 housekeeping genes were identical among 10 strains of P. marneffei, but those of MP1 and(More)
Evaporative precipitation of nanosuspension (EPN) was used to fabricate nanoparticles of a poorly water-soluble antimalarial drug, artemisinin (ART), with the aim of enhancing its dissolution rate. We investigated the nanoparticle fabrication of ART via a full factorial experimental design considering the effects of drug concentration and solvent to(More)
Penicillium marneffei is the most important thermal dimorphic, pathogenic fungus endemic in China and Southeast Asia and is particularly important in HIV-positive patients. We report the 28,887,485-bp draft genome sequence of P. marneffei, which contains its complete mitochondrial genome, sexual cycle genes, a high diversity of Mp1p homologues, and(More)
Penicillium marneffei is an opportunistic fungal pathogen endemic in Southeast Asia, causing lethal systemic infections in immunocompromised patients. P. marneffei grows in a mycelial form at the ambient temperature of 25°C and transitions to a yeast form at 37°C. The ability to alternate between the mycelial and yeast forms at different temperatures,(More)