Yuk Fai Leung

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PURPOSE The optineurin gene (OPTN) is the second gene besides MYOC in which mutations have been identified to be associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). In this study, sequence alterations in the OPTN gene associated with POAG in Chinese subjects were investigated. METHODS All the coding exons of OPTN were screened, including the intron-exon(More)
PURPOSE To discover sequence alterations in the TIGR/MYOC gene associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in Chinese subjects. METHODS Two hundred one unrelated Chinese patients with POAG and 291 unrelated individuals without glaucoma, aged 50 years or more, were screened for sequence alterations in the TIGR/MYOC gene by polymerase chain reaction,(More)
Microarray technology is a powerful approach for genomics research. The multi-step, data-intensive nature of this technology has created an unprecedented informatics and analytical challenge. It is important to understand the crucial steps that can affect the outcome of the analysis. In this review, we provide an overview of the contemporary trend on(More)
In a zebrafish recessive mutant young (yng), retinal cells are specified to distinct cell classes, but they fail to morphologically differentiate. A null mutation in a brahma-related gene 1 (brg1) is responsible for this phenotype. To identify retina-specific Brg1-regulated genes that control cellular differentiation, we conducted a factorial microarray(More)
PURPOSE Dexamethasone (DEX) is a glucocorticoid commonly used in topical eyedrops to treat eye inflammation. It has an undesirable effect of inducing glaucoma in certain patients. In human Trabecular Meshwork (TM) cells DEX regulates a number of genes but its global influence on TM gene expression is still elusive. In the present work, DEX effects on global(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the coding exons of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta-induced factor (TGIF) for mutations in Chinese patients with high myopia. METHODS Seventy-one individuals with high myopia of -6.00 D or less and 105 control subjects were screened by DNA sequencing for sequence alterations. Univariate analysis and logistic regression were(More)
Since adaptive features such as memory were discovered in mammalian innate immunity, interest in the immunological status of primitive vertebrates after infections has grown. In this context, we used zebrafish (Danio rerio), a primitive vertebrate species suited to molecular and genetic studies to explore transcriptional memories of the immune system in(More)
PURPOSE Eye development and photoreceptor maintenance is dependent on the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a thin layer of cells that underlies the neural retina. Despite its importance, development of RPE has not been studied by a genomic approach. In this study, a microarray expression-profiling methodology was established for studying RPE development.(More)
Phenylthiourea (PTU) is commonly used for inhibiting melanization of zebrafish embryos. In this study, the standard treatment with 0.2 mM PTU was demonstrated to specifically reduce eye size in larval fish starting at three days post-fertilization. This effect is likely the result of a reduction in retinal and lens size of PTU-treated eyes and is not(More)