Randy Chi Fai Cheung

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Living organisms produce a myriad of molecules to protect themselves from fungal pathogens. This review focuses on antifungal proteins from plants and mushrooms, many of which are components of the human diet or have medicinal value. Plant antifungal proteins can be classified into different groups comprising chitinases and chitinase-like proteins,(More)
After 35 years of development, immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) has evolved into a popular protein purification technique. This review starts with a discussion of its mechanism and advantages. It continues with its applications which include the purification of histidine-tagged proteins, natural metal-binding proteins, and antibodies.(More)
Chronic inflammation is believed to play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of various diseases. Several types of drugs are used to treat inflammatory disorders, but they cause adverse side effects. Natural products are alternatives to these drugs which offer hope for discovery of bioactive lead compounds that may be developed into drugs for treatment of(More)
All primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) tumors contain hypoxic regions which are implicated in decreased local control and increased distant metastases, as well as resistance to chemotherapy in advanced NPC patients. One of the promising therapeutic approaches for NPC is to use drugs that can target hypoxic factors in tumors. In the present(More)
Marine organisms have been extensively explored for the last several decades as potential sources of novel biologically active compounds, and extensive research has been conducted on lectins. Lectins derived from marine organisms are structurally diverse and also differ from those identified from terrestrial organisms. Marine lectins appear to be(More)
The Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1), MSP1-42 and MSP1-19 are protective malaria vaccines. MSP1-42 is cleaved to form MSP1-33 and MSP1-19. The role of MSP1-33 in immunity is unclear. We investigated the antibody responses to MSP1-33; and to MSP1-33Trunc, in which major conserved sequences were excised. While anti-MSP1-33 antibodies(More)
Peptides are important bioactive natural products which are present in many marine species. These marine peptides have high potential nutraceutical and medicinal values because of their broad spectra of bioactivities. Their antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antioxidative, cardioprotective (antihypertensive, antiatherosclerotic and anticoagulant),(More)
Chitosan is a natural polycationic linear polysaccharide derived from chitin. The low solubility of chitosan in neutral and alkaline solution limits its application. Nevertheless, chemical modification into composites or hydrogels brings to it new functional properties for different applications. Chitosans are recognized as versatile biomaterials because of(More)
Lectins including flowering plant lectins, algal lectins, cyanobacterial lectins, actinomycete lectin, worm lectins, and the nonpeptidic lectin mimics pradimicins and benanomicins, exhibit anti-HIV activity. The anti-HIV plant lectins include Artocarpus heterophyllus (jacalin) lectin, concanavalin A, Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) agglutinin-related lectins,(More)
Living organisms are in perpetual contact with pathogenic microbes, and in encounter with parasites and predators. In order to protect themselves, they produce a variety of antimicrobial proteins and peptides. One family of such protective or defensive proteins is known as defensins, characterized by a cationic character, a low molecular mass, and an(More)