Nguyen Chi Phi

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We hypothesized that host antiviral genes induced by type I interferons might affect the natural course of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). We analyzed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase 1 (OAS-1), myxovirus resistance-A (MxA), and double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase in 44 Vietnamese SARS patients(More)
We have hypothesized that genetic predisposition influences the progression of SARS. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE1) insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism was previously reported to show association with the adult respiratory distress syndrome, which is also thought to play a key role in damaging the lung tissues in SARS cases. This time, the(More)
A case-control study was conducted to examine the relationship between severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the time-dependent precautionary behaviors taken during an outbreak of SARS in Hanoi French Hospital (HFH), Vietnam. Masks (odds ratio [OR] = 0.3; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.1, 0.7) and gowns (OR = 0.2; 95% CI: 0.0, 0.8) appeared to(More)
We analyzed genetic variations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), considering that it might influence patients' susceptibility to severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) or development of SARS as a functional receptor. By cloning of the full-length cDNA of the ACE2 gene in the lung, where replication occurs on SARS-CoV,(More)
In order to determine highly immunogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) epitope peptides capable of inducing long-lasting immunity, we first screened immunoglobulin-G (IgG) antibodies reactive to 197 different overlapping 15-mers from the SARS-CoV proteins in the sera of three infected patients. Forty-two peptides among them were(More)
Excessive immune response is believed to play a role in the development of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Inhomogeneous spread of SARS led one to think of an Asian genetic predisposition and contribution of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) to the disease susceptibility. However, past case-control studies showed inconsistent results. In Viet Nam, of(More)
Cathepsin D-like activity was measured in the sera of 62 patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 9 patients with progressive systemic sclerosis, 9 patients with chronic glomerulonephritis and 18 with glomerulonephritis with nephrosis syndrome. The in vitro and in vivo effect of corticosteroid treatment on enzyme activity was also(More)
Circulating immune complexes (IC) were assayed in 65 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 34 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 40 patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), 35 patients with chronic glomerulonephritis (GN) and 30 healthy controls. Immunoglobulin components of PEG-precipitated IC from 10 patients with SLE were(More)
The basal and stimulated intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of 16 control subjects and 14 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), all fulfilling the ARA criteria, were studied. No significant difference in basal cAMP level was observed between SLE patients and controls. SLE lymphocytes (both active(More)
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