Wei-Mei Ching

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Primarily used for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, genome-scale metabolic modeling shows tremendous potential as a tool for fundamental research and curation of metabolism. Through a novel integration of flux balance analysis and genetic algorithms, a strategy to curate metabolic networks and facilitate identification of metabolic pathways that(More)
Sensitive, specific and rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of Orientia tsutsugamushi (O. tsutsugamushi) and Rickettsia typhi (R. typhi), the causative agents of scrub typhus and murine typhus, respectively, are necessary to accurately and promptly diagnose patients and ensure that they receive proper treatment. Recombinase polymerase amplification(More)
Leptospirosis is a worldwide zoonosis caused by an infection with the pathogenic species of Leptospira. We have developed a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay to detect the DNA of Leptospira spp. Six sets of primers targeting the gene of the subsurface protein, lipL32, were evaluated for their detection sensitivity. The best primer set(More)
Rickettsia prowazekii, a selective agent of category B, is the causative microorganism of epidemic typhus. The genome-wide profile of host response to R. prowazekii infection was studied in THP-1 cells by a human cDNA microar-ray. Approximately 131 (1.71%) and 11 (0.14%) genes out of 7,680 genes assessed were up-regulated or down-regulated upon infection(More)
Orientia tsutsugamushi, an intracellular bacterium, belongs to the family Rickettsiaceae This study presents the draft genome sequence of strain Karp, with 2.0 Mb as the size of the completed genome. This nearly finished draft genome sequence was annotated with the RAST server and the contents compared to those of the other strains.
Currently, the accepted method for Q fever serodiagnosis is indirect immunofluorescent antibody assay (IFA) using the whole cell antigen. In this study, we prepared the recombinant antigen of the 27-kDa outer membrane protein (Com1) which has been shown to be recognized by Q fever patient sera. The performance of recombinant Com1 was evaluated in ELISA by(More)
Scrub typhus, caused by infection with Orientia tsutsugamushi, is one of the most common rickettsial diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. The disease can cause up to 35% mortality if left untreated. In order to get a better understanding of the host responses to O. tsutsugamushi infection, freshly isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were(More)
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