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There are no antivirals or vaccines available to treat Enterovirus 71 (EV71) infections. Although the type I interferon response, elicited upon virus infection, is critical to establishing host antiviral innate immunity, EV71 fails to induce this response efficiently. Here we provide new insights into potential anti-EV71 therapy by showing that(More)
The apolipoprotein A5 gene (APOA5 ) has been shown to play an important role in determining plasma triglyceride concentrations in humans. We describe here a novel variant, c.553G>T, in the apolipoprotein A5 gene that is associated with hypertriglyceridemia. In contrast to some other polymorphisms, which occur in non-coding regions of the gene, this variant(More)
Besides its well-recognized role in hemostasis and thrombosis, thromboxane A(2) synthase (TXAS) is proposed to be involved in thrombopoiesis and lymphocyte differentiation. To evaluate its various physiologic roles, we generated TXAS-deleted mice by gene targeting. TXAS(-/-) mice had normal bone marrow megakaryocytes, normal blood platelet counts, and(More)
Mutation in CUL4B, which encodes a scaffold protein of the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, has been found in patients with X-linked mental retardation (XLMR). However, early deletion of Cul4b in mice causes prenatal lethality, which has frustrated attempts to characterize the phenotypes in vivo. In this report, we successfully rescued Cul4b mutant mice by(More)
We have identified a novel homozygous nonsense mutation (W516X) in the kidney-type electrogenic sodium bicarbonate cotransporter 1 (NBC1) in a patient with isolated proximal renal tubular acidosis (pRTA). To specifically address the pathogenesis of this mutation, we created NBC1 W516X knock-in mice to match the patient's abnormalities. The expression of(More)
OBJECTIVES This retrospective study evaluates the role of pharmacogenomic determinants in the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the Taiwanese population. METHODS A total of 105 childhood ALL patients received combined chemotherapy of different intensities based on risk-directed Taiwan Pediatric Oncology Group (TPOG)-ALL-93(More)
Dravet syndrome (DS) is characterized by severe infant-onset myoclonic epilepsy along with delayed psychomotor development and heightened premature mortality. A primary monogenic cause is mutation of the SCN1A gene, which encodes the voltage-gated sodium channel subunit Nav1.1. The nature and timing of changes caused by SCN1A mutation in the hippocampal(More)
Polymorphisms in the gene encoding sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) associate with hypertension susceptibility in humans. SPAK interacts with WNK kinases to regulate the Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) and Na(+)-Cl(-) co-transporters [collectively, N(K)CC]. Mutations in WNK1/4 and N(K)CC can cause changes in BP and dyskalemia in humans, but the(More)
Collapsing response mediator protein-1 (CRMP-1) was initially identified in brain and has been implicated in plexin-dependent neuronal function. The high amino acid sequence identity among the five CRMPs has hindered determination of the functions of each individual CRMP. We generated viable and fertile CRMP-1 knock-out (CRMP-1(-/-)) mice with no evidence(More)
Septins belong to a family of polymerizing GTP-binding proteins that are required for many cellular functions, such as membrane compartmentalization, vesicular trafficking, mitosis, and cytoskeletal remodeling. One family member, septin12, is expressed specifically in the testis. In this study, we found septin12 expressed in multiple subcellular(More)