Siew Pei Ong

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In this study, the efficacies of short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) targeting different regions of West Nile virus (WNV) strain Sarafend genome were investigated. Short hairpin RNAs targeting Capsid, NS2B and NS4B genes were cloned into pSilencer 3.1-H1 neo and designated as pshCapsid, pshNS2B and pshNS4B, respectively. Vero cells that were positively transfected(More)
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein is released from cells as a pro-inflammatory cytokine in response to an injury or infection. During dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)/dengue shock syndrome (DSS), a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines are released, contributing to disease pathogenesis. In this study, the release of HMGB1 from human myelogenous(More)
RNA interference is one of the effective emerging anti-viral strategies to inhibit virus infection in cells. In this study, a small interfering RNA expressing vector (pSilencer-NS5) targeting the NS5 gene of West Nile virus (WNV) was employed to target and destroy WNV transcripts. Real-time PCR revealed drastic reduction in WNV RNA transcripts in(More)
Forty-six women (17 Pakistanis, 19 Indians, ten Bangladeshis) at 8 to 20 weeks of pregnancy were studied during November to January. Dietary intake was assessed by the diet history method. Mean energy intakes (+/- s.d.) for the Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis were 9.80 (1.99), 8.08 (1.59) and 6.95 (1.70) MJ. Intakes of protein, calcium, phosphorus and(More)
Infection with dengue virus (DV) can result in dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome, where patients suffer from bleeding and plasma leakage involving endothelial cells. Angiopoietins (Ang) 1 and 2 are important angiogenic factors that affect endothelial barrier integrity. In this study, DV was observed to induce endothelial leakage at(More)
Helicobacter pylori is prevalent worldwide, especially in developing countries, and is associated with several upper gastrointestinal diseases. Since it is present in over 90% of duodenal ulcer patients, empirical eradication in these patients is often recommended. In gastric ulcer patients, eradication is indicated only after the infection is confirmed.(More)
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