Vincent Chui

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The sense of taste is critical in determining the nutritional suitability of foods. Sweet and bitter are primary taste modalities in mammals, and their behavioral relevance is similar in flies. Sweet taste drives the appetitive response to energy sources, whereas bitter taste drives avoidance of potential toxins and also suppresses the sweet response [1,(More)
The Rho family small GTPases Rho, Rac, and Cdc42 regulate cell shape and motility through the actin cytoskeleton. These proteins cycle between a GTP-bound “on” state and a GDP-bound “off” state and are negatively regulated by GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs), which accelerate the small GTPase’s intrinsic hydrolysis of bound GTP to GDP. Drosophila RhoGAP68F(More)
BACKGROUND To report the occurrence of concentric fibrillary lines in the central corneas of a 13-year-old girl during overnight orthokeratology. METHODS Observational case report. RESULTS The initial refractive errors and keratometric readings (flattest/steepest meridians) of the patient were -6.00/-0.50 x 180 and 45.25/46.20 D, respectively, in the(More)
Samples of roadside dust were collected from 30 sites in Hong Kong. The total concentrations of 10 metals in the samples were analyzed, and the correlation coefficients among the metal contents and the annual average daily traffic (AADT) in 1986 were determined. Pb was found to have a significant correlation (P less than 0.01) with AADT. No correlation was(More)
The level and pattern of contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were investigated in tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters), sediment, and water from the Shing Mun River. The range of total PCBs was 12.9 ng/g to 181.6 ng/g wet weight in tilapia, 12.7 ng/g to 46.0 ng/g freeze-dried weight in sediment, and 3.8 ng/L to 13.6 ng/L in water. The(More)
A bacterial strain tolerant to the presence of 400 ppm lead was isolated from digested sewage sludge. The organism was identified as Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var: anitraus (98% confidence). Both viable and formalin-inactivated bacterial cells could remove Pb from an aqueous solution. The Pb-binding ability of inactivated cells was compared with that of a(More)
Adducin is a ubiquitously expressed actin- and spectrin-binding protein involved in cytoskeleton organization, and is regulated through phosphorylation of the myristoylated alanine-rich C-terminal kinase (MARCKS)-homology domain by protein kinase C (PKC). We have previously shown that the Drosophila adducin, Hu-li tai shao (Hts), plays a role in larval(More)
The present investigation studied the toxicity of soil contaminated by untreated discharge from a factory that recycles used plastics. The nearby agricultural areas and freshwater fish ponds were polluted with high concentrations of Cu, Ni, and Mn. Water extracts from the contaminated soil retarded root growth of Brassica chinensis (Chinese white cabbage)(More)
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