Liangfen Zhang

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A recent advance in molecular typing for tracing the transmission of leprosy is the discovery of short tandem repeats (STRs) in Mycobacterium leprae. To substantiate polymorphic loci from STR as promising candidates for molecular typing tools in leprosy epidemiology, 44 STR loci including 33 microsatellites and 11 minisatellites were investigated among 27(More)
The polymorphism of TTC repeats in Mycobacterium leprae was examined using the bacilli obtained from residents in villages at North Maluku where M. leprae infections are highly endemic (as well as from patients at North Sulawesi of Indonesia) to elucidate the possible mode of leprosy transmission. TTC genotypes are stable for several generations of passages(More)
The genotypes of Mycobacterium leprae isolates originating from Mexico, Peru and Paraguay were analysed for the polymorphism of short tandem repeats in the rpoT gene. The genotype with four copies of the six-base tandem repeats in the rpoT gene was prominently predominant in Mexico, but the genotype of all isolates from Peru and Paraguay contained three(More)
A missense mutation at codon 516 in the rpoB gene of Mycobacterium leprae conferring rifampin resistance was confirmed by the correlation between sequencing results and mouse footpad assay. The isolate was obtained from a relapsed lepromatous leprosy patient. This is the first report on the complete concordance between the mutation located at codon 516 in(More)
Serological methods have been used for detecting infection with Mycobacterium leprae. We have applied a serological test to explore the possibility it could detect a bacterial relapse among patients who have been cured with chemotherapy. More specifically we used an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) using the natural disaccharide (ND) of(More)
Application of molecular biological techniques to the epidemiological study of leprosy is described. Studies of detecting Mycobacterium leprae DNA in samples of the nasal mucus are discussed in terms of the epidemiology and the significance of high prevalence. Epidemiological studies on the transmission of leprosy and correlation between geographic(More)
 The purpose of these experiments was to determine the effects of cholinergic depletion on the morphology and staining density of barrels formed by glutamic acid decarboxylase-positive neuropil in the posteromedial barrel subfield of the somatosensory cortex. The density and distribution of glutamic acid decarboxylase immunoreactive neuropil were examined(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand the infantile nocturnal sleep-wake pattern developmental trajectory with Actiwatch, which would benefit the clinical assessment of infantile sleep. METHOD This study was a longitudinal study conducted between 7 Oct, 2009-30 Oct, 2011 in 10 hospitals of 9 cities of China ( Beijing, Xi'an, Qingdao, Wuhan, Changsha, Chongqing, Huzhou,(More)
  • Liangfen Zhang
  • Nihon Hansenbyō Gakkai zasshi = Japanese journal…
  • 2003
Leprosy has definitely been present in China for at least 2,000 years. Through painstaking efforts over the past half century, China has put leprosy under control and reached the WHO's target at elimination of leprosy at the national and subnational level. But difficulties as well as problems like disabilities, discrimination, drug-resistance and dismissing(More)
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