Zusheng Zong

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Type IV pili (T4P) are critical to virulence for Vibrio cholerae and other bacterial pathogens. Among their diverse functions, T4P mediate microcolony formation, which protects the bacteria from host defences and concentrates secreted toxins. The T4P of the two V. cholerae O1 disease biotypes, classical and El Tor, share 81% identity in their TcpA subunits,(More)
Contribution: E.E.P. organized and analyzed the data, created the figure, and reviewed the manuscript; J.A.K.H. performed that ADAMTS13 measurements and reviewed the manuscript; D.R.T. organized the Registry protocols, maintained the IRB approvals, and reviewed the manuscript; S.K.V. organized the Registry protocols, supervised the data analysis, and(More)
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a bacterial pathogen that causes diarrhea in children and travelers in developing countries. ETEC adheres to host epithelial cells in the small intestine via a variety of different pili. The CS1 pilus is a prototype for a family of related pili, including the CFA/I pili, present on ETEC and other Gram-negative(More)
We report the high-quality draft genome sequences of 162 strains of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Enteritidis representing diverse phage types and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) profiles. The analysis of these genomes will enable the identification of markers that are useful for differentiating strains of this highly clonal serovar(More)
PURPOSE A fundamental challenge in the era of next-generation sequencing (NGS) is to design effective treatments tailored to the mutational profiles of tumors. Many newly discovered cancer mutations are difficult to target pharmacologically; however, T-cell-based therapies may provide a valuable alternative owing to the exquisite sensitivity and specificity(More)
Transgenic models are invaluable tools for researching retinal degenerative disease mechanisms. However, they are time-consuming and expensive to generate and maintain. We have developed an alternative to transgenic rodent models of retinal degeneration using transgenic Xenopus laevis. We have optimized this system to allow rapid analysis of transgene(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the role and significance of TP53 mutation in diffusely anaplastic Wilms tumors (DAWTs). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN All DAWTs registered on National Wilms Tumor Study-5 (n = 118) with available samples were analyzed for TP53 mutations and copy loss. Integrative genomic analysis was performed on 39 selected DAWTs. RESULTS Following(More)
A fundamental challenge in cancer genomics is to design effective, personalized treatments based on the mutational profiles of tumors. Pharmacological targeting of the numerous aberrant pathways found in individual tumors remains exceedingly challenging, but T cellbased therapies are an attractive alternative because of the enormous diversity and exquisite(More)
We performed genome-wide sequencing and analyzed mRNA and miRNA expression, DNA copy number, and DNA methylation in 117 Wilms tumors, followed by targeted sequencing of 651 Wilms tumors. In addition to genes previously implicated in Wilms tumors (WT1, CTNNB1, AMER1, DROSHA, DGCR8, XPO5, DICER1, SIX1, SIX2, MLLT1, MYCN, and TP53), we identified mutations in(More)
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited retinal degeneration (RD) that leads to blindness for which no treatment is available. RP is frequently caused by mutations in Rhodopsin; in some animal models, RD is exacerbated by light. Valproic acid (VPA) is a proposed treatment for RP and other neurodegenerative disorders, with a phase II trial for RP under(More)