Qin-Fang Ou

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The aim of this study was to characterize vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) isolates phenotypically and molecularly, and investigate associations between the virulence factors enterococcal surface protein (esp), hyaluronidase (hyl), and collagen adhesin (acm) and colonization/infection. A total of 126 E. faecium [66 VREfm and 60(More)
OBJECTIVE The role of the cytokine, macrophage migration inhibition factor (MIF) was assessed in tuberculosis. This case-control study investigated whether commonly occurring functional MIF polymorphisms are associated with active tuberculosis as well as with serum levels of MIF, IFN-γ and TNF-α. METHODS Two MIF promoter polymorphisms, a functional -794(More)
Virulence-associated DEAD-box RNA helicase (VAD1) is an important factor regulating the virulence of Cryptococcus neoformans. We established a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay to measure the expression of VAD1 mRNA in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of C. neoformans meningitis (CNM) patients, and we also detected the levels of(More)
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