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An epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) began in Foshan municipality, Guangdong Province, China, in November 2002. We studied SARS case reports through April 30, 2003, including data from case investigations and a case series analysis of index cases. A total of 1,454 clinically confirmed cases (and 55 deaths) occurred; the epidemic peak was(More)
Nosocomial infections caused by antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae are emerging as a major health problem worldwide, while community-acquired K. pneumoniae infections present with a range of diverse clinical pictures in different geographic areas. In particular, an invasive form of K. pneumoniae that causes liver abscesses was first observed in Asia(More)
6 13 14 Running Title: qnrS-containing plasmid pK245 in Klebsiella pneumoniae 15 16 17 ABSTRACT 1 A plasmid containing the qnrS quinolone resistance determinant and the gene encoding 2 SHV-2 β-lactamase has been discovered from a clinical Klebsiella pneumoniae strain isolated in 3 Taiwan. The complete 98-kb sequence of this plasmid, designated pK245, was(More)
BACKGROUND Microarray-based pooled DNA experiments that combine the merits of DNA pooling and gene chip technology constitute a pivotal advance in biotechnology. This new technique uses pooled DNA, thereby reducing costs associated with the typing of DNA from numerous individuals. Moreover, use of an oligonucleotide gene chip reduces costs related to(More)
Signal peptide-CUB-EGF domain-containing protein 2 (SCUBE2) belongs to a secreted and membrane-associated multi-domain SCUBE protein family. We previously demonstrated that SCUBE2 is a novel breast-tumor suppressor and could be a useful prognostic marker. However, the role of SCUBE2 in breast-cancer cell migration and invasion and how it is regulated during(More)
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an antibody and complement mediated autoimmune disease. Serum CXC chemokine ligand 13 (CXCL13) was found to be elevated in MG patients and high CXCL13 level was associated with severe clinical stages, especially in females with thymic lymphoid hyperplasia. Both protein and mRNA of CXCL13 and CXC chemokine receptor 5 (CXCR5) in the(More)
BACKGROUND Copy number variations (CNVs) have recently been recognized as important structural variations in the human genome. CNVs can affect gene expression and thus may contribute to phenotypic differences. The copy number inferring tool (CNIT) is an effective hidden Markov model-based algorithm for estimating allele-specific copy number and predicting(More)
BACKGROUND Allele frequency is one of the most important population indices and has been broadly applied to genetic/genomic studies. Estimation of allele frequency using genotypes is convenient but may lose data information and be sensitive to genotyping errors. RESULTS This study utilizes a unified intensity-measuring approach to estimating(More)
Hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) is a frequent long-term complication of glycogen storage disease type I (GSD I) and malignant transformation to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is known to occur in some cases. However, the molecular pathogenesis of tumor development in GSD I is unclear. This study was conducted to systematically investigate chromosomal and(More)
BACKGROUND Genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays containing hundreds of thousands of SNPs from the human genome have proven useful for studying important human genome questions. Data quality of SNP arrays plays a key role in the accuracy and precision of downstream data analyses. However, good indices for assessing data quality of SNP(More)