Shiu Hon Chui

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Homocysteine (Hcy) is a by-product of methionine metabolism. An imbalance of Hcy in the body may lead to hyperhomocysteinemia, a condition with elevated Hcy concentration in blood that may be one of the risk factors responsible for the development of several vascular diseases (thromboembolism, atherosclerosis, stroke, vascular diseases and dementia). Radix(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)
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)
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)
We have determined the individual kappa (kappa)/lambda (lambda) ratios of serum IgG, IgA, and IgM in normal subjects and patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatic cirrhosis and IgA nephropathy--40 in each group. Serum samples were first screened by agarose electrophoresis to exclude paraproteinaemia. Concentrations of IgG,(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 (κ/λ) ratio of(More)
The effect of ciclosporin on the cellular immunoregulation was examined in 19 patients with IgA nephropathy. The patients were randomly divided into two groups: 9 patients receiving oral ciclosporin (5 mg/kg/day) for 12 weeks and 10 patients receiving placebo and acting as controls. T lymphocyte subpopulations were determined using OKT monoclonal(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)
This work was undertaken to examine the immunoregulation of T lymphocytes in patients with IgA nephropathy. Fifty patients and thirty-seven control subjects were studied in an infection-free interval. T lymphocyte subpopulations were determined using OKT monoclonal antibodies against helper (OKT4) and suppressor (OKT8) T cell subsets. The proportions of T(More)
An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed to detect IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies to xanthine oxidase. The method used xanthine oxidase to coat sample wells on microtitre plates. The anti-xanthine oxidase concentrations were determined by reference to standard curves constructed by coating plates with anti-IgG, anti-IgA and anti-IgM to(More)