Koon-wing Chan

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BACKGROUND Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a rare disorder of phagocytic oxidative bursts leading to recurrent pyogenic infections. Affected individuals are most prone to infections caused by staphylococci, Salmonella, Candida, and Aspergillus, but previously we observed a high incidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in Chinese children(More)
Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) results from an inherited defect in the phagocytic cells of the immune system. It is a genetically heterogenous disease caused by defects in one of the five major subunits of the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase complex. There is a paucity of data from India on CGD. We herein describe the(More)
OBJECTIVE We tested the hypothesis that single-nucleotide polymorphisms of inflammatory genes C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) may exert influence on susceptibility to Kawasaki disease and its arterial sequelae. METHODS We analyzed the CRP +1444 C-->T and TNF-alpha -308 G-->A polymorphisms in 167 patients aged 8.9 +/-(More)
Severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) are a group of rare inherited disorders with profound defects in T cell and B cell immunity. From 2005 to 2010, our unit performed testing for IL2RG, JAK3, IL7R, RAG1, RAG2, DCLRE1C, LIG4, AK2, and ZAP70 mutations in 42 Chinese and Southeast Asian infants with SCID adopting a candidate gene approach, based on(More)
BACKGROUND Penicillium marneffei infection is indigenous to Southeast Asia. Majority of penicilliosis occurs in patients with AIDS, and less commonly with secondary immunodeficiencies. Penicilliosis is rare in otherwise healthy persons, but information on their immunological status is often lacking. METHODS From 1996 to 2009, we diagnosed penicilliosis in(More)
Jaundice is common in ethnic Chinese infants, but to our knowledge Crigler-Najjar syndrome (CN syndrome) type I has never been reported in China. A Chinese girl with severe jaundice was recently diagnosed to have CN syndrome type I by analyzing the bilirubin-uridinediphospho (UDP)-glucuronosyltransferase gene (UGT1A1). The patient was homozygous for a(More)
X-linked agammagobulinemia (XLA) is a primary immunodeficiency disorder caused by Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) gene mutation. Recent studies suggested genotype-phenotype correlation in XLA, but a definitive association remains controversial. We examined the relationship between specific Btk gene mutations and severity of clinical presentation in 62(More)
The Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked recessive immunodeficiency caused by mutation in the gene encoding WAS protein (WASP). The disease is characterized by eczema, thrombocytopenia and severe immunodeificency and is associated with extensive clinical heterogeneity. Mutation studies indicated that the mutated genotypes are also highly variable.(More)
Wiskott–Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a rare primary immunodeficiency disease, with an incidence of 4/1,000,000 live male births. In China, an estimated number of 35 babies with WAS are born each year, but likely many remain undiagnosed. The objectives of study were to review the clinical and molecular characteristics of a cohort of Chinese children with WAS(More)