Wei-Feng Huang

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The Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) Beijing strain is highly virulent, drug resistant, and endemic over Asia. To explore the genetic diversity of this family in several different regions of eastern Asia, 338 Beijing strains collected in Taiwan (Republic of China) were analyzed by mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit-variable number tandem repeat(More)
We present the first comprehensive analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates circulating in the Kaohsiung region of southern Taiwan. The major spoligotypes found in the 224 isolates studied were Beijing lineages (n = 97; 43.3%), EAI lineages (n = 72; 32.1%) and Haarlem lineages (n = 18; 8.0%). By 24 MIRU-VNTR typing, 174 patterns were identified,(More)
It is unclear to what extent the host-responses elicited by Beijing versus non-Beijing strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) contribute to the predominance of modern Beijing strains in Taiwan and some other Asian countries. The purpose of this study was to compare the expression profiles of virulence-related genes in human monocyte-derived macrophages(More)
Sodium channels play an important role in action potentials. Moreover, some evidences recently suggested that sodium channels were responsible for murine sinoatrial node pacemaking. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of sodium channels in pacemaking in embryonic cardiomyocytes in early development stage (EDS). Whole-cell patch-clamp technique(More)
This paper introduces a general technique for streaming complex, interactive physical simulations to portable devices from a server. We present an implementation of this approach with an iOS client application that runs particle simulations with several thousand objects. We achive good compression by factoring the simulation in two parts: the portable(More)
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