Peter Lei Ng

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In this study, we compared the association of several newly discovered susceptibility genes for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) between populations of European origin and two Asian populations. Using 910 SLE patients and 1440 healthy controls from Chinese living in Hong Kong, and 278 SLE patients and 383 controls in Thailand, we studied association of(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and most aggressive primary brain tumor in humans. Systemic immunity against gene therapy vectors has been shown to hamper therapeutic efficacy; however, helper-dependent high-capacity adenovirus (HC-Ad) vectors elicit sustained transgene expression, even in the presence of systemic anti-adenoviral immunity.(More)
Naturally occurring hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has long been thought to induce a weak immunity which is insufficient to protect an individual from subsequent infections and has cast doubt on the ability to develop effective vaccines. A series of intrahepatic genetic inoculations (IHGI) with type 1a HCV RNA were performed in a chimpanzee to determine(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading causative agent of blood-borne chronic hepatitis and is the target of intensive vaccine research. The virus genome encodes a number of structural and nonstructural antigens which could be used in a subunit vaccine. The HCV envelope glycoprotein E2 has recently been shown to bind CD81 on human cells and therefore is a(More)
Adenovirus vectors (Ad) are widely used in gene therapy studies, including those aimed at treating cystic fibrosis lung disease. Various approaches have been investigated to blunt the host immune response to Ad, including development of helper-dependent (HD) Ad. The host cytotoxic T-cell response to HD-Ad is generally lower than to earlier-generation Ad.(More)
Current therapies for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are only effective in a restricted number of patients. Cellular immune responses, particularly those mediated by CD8(+) CTLs, are thought to play a role in the control of infection and the response to antiviral therapies. Because the Core protein is the most conserved HCV protein among(More)
Understanding the determinants of the host innate immune response to systemic administration of adenoviral (Ad) vectors is critical for clinical gene therapy. Acute toxicity occurs within minutes to hours after vector administration and is characterized by activation of innate immune responses. Our data indicate that in mice, indicators of vector toxicity(More)
Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II (GSD-II)) is a myopathy caused by a genetic deficiency of acid α-glucosidase (GAA) leading to lysosomal glycogen accumulation causing muscle weakness, respiratory insufficiency and death. We previously demonstrated in GSD-II mice that a single injection of a helper-dependent adenovirus (HD-Ad) expressing GAA(More)
Gene therapy vectors are mostly studied in cultured cells, rodents, and sometimes in non-human primates, but it is useful to test them in human tissue prior to clinical trials. In this study, we investigated the possibility of using human sweat glands as a model for testing cystic fibrosis (CF) gene therapy vectors. Human sweat glands are relatively easy to(More)
We present a conservative consistency and recovery conlrol algorilhm for replicated files in the presence of network partitioning due to communication link failures. This algorithm supports partial replication, provides non-blocking operations by allowing update access to a file in that file's majority partition, and brings all copies up-ta-date on all(More)