Shiu Hon Chui

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The nature of the light chains in mesangial IgA deposits and serum IgA was studied in patients with IgA nephropathy. Immunofluorescence (IF) studies using murine monoclonal antibodies, rabbit and goat anti-human monospecific antisera were performed in kidney sections from 15 IgA nephritic patients with only IgA isotype detected in the renal biopsy. Lambda(More)
The finding that eluted mesangial IgA and serum IgA from patients with IgA nephropathy had a restricted anionic charge contrasting with normal serum IgA prompted us to study the charge of the kappa and lambda subclasses of IgA. Serum IgA from 11 patients with IgA nephropathy and 11 controls was purified by affinity chromatography by binding to jacalin. The(More)
Epimedium herb (Yinyanghuo), one of the popular Chinese materia medica, is a multiple species colony of Epimedium genus belonging to Berberidaceae. There are five species of Epimedium that have been officially adopted in Chinese Pharmacopoeia under the same crude drug name 'Yinyanghuo' comprising Epimedium brevicornu, E. koreanum, E. sagittatum, E.(More)
Allergic rhinitis impairs quality of life (QOL). To assess the changes in QOL of patients with perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR) after treatment with Allergic Rhinitis Nose Drops (ARND), 35 patients were divided into 2 groups in a randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study, with a cross-over arrangement over 7 weeks, applying ARND or placebo.(More)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the principal cause of mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Dyslipoproteinaemia is a common metabolic derangement in CKD and a traditional risk factor for CVD. This study investigates serum lipoprotein, especially small-dense low-density lipoprotein (sd-LDL), abnormalities in CKD patients. A total of 131 CKD(More)
We describe an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for determination of light-chain ratios for IgG, IgA, and IgM in serum. A commercial serum with known overall kappa and lambda concentrations was used as standard. To capture the respective immunoglobulins, we used antibodies to gamma, lambda and mu chains coated onto microtiter plates. Peroxidase-conjugated(More)
This study is a direct assessment of blood heavy metal concentrations of frequent users of Chinese medicines (CM), who had been taking prescribed CM at least 6 days per week for not less than 3 months, to determine whether their intake of CM could cause an increased load of toxic heavy metals in the body. From November 2009 to June 2010, 85 subjects were(More)
Patients with primary IgA nephropathy have deposits of IgA1 in their kidneys and increased IgA1 in circulation. We had previously shown that IgA nephritic patients displayed a unique immunological response characterized by a predominance of IgA with lambda chain in glomerular deposits and in circulation. We have now studied the kappa/lambda (kappa/lambda)(More)
A simple and inexpensive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for determination of serum alpha-fetoprotein concentration, with results available within 4 h, is described. The assay has a working range of 2-100 ng/ml, with within- and between-batch coefficients of variation (n = 24) at different concentrations between 8.9 and 12.7%. Results on 80 patients' sera(More)