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Polypeptide growth factors are important effectors of cell growth and differentiation in vitro and are thought to be critical for processes such as specification of cell fate, tissue growth and organogenesis in vivo. Scatter factor/hepatocyte growth factor (SF/HGF) is the prototype of an emerging family of growth factors that resemble in their domain(More)
Quantitation of target mRNAs using the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction found a widespread field of application in diverse biomedical diagnostic assays. However, the problem of varying sample quality has to be solved by correcting target molecule amounts through detection of an endogenous control template. The choice of an appropriate(More)
Human herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6) is a new representative of the herpesvirus family which was associated with a spectrum of diseases, including myalgic encephalitis, meningitis and the chronic fatigue syndrome. We set out to study the potential role of HHV-6 in multiple sclerosis (MS) (n = 21), facial palsy (FP) (n = 19) and Guillain-Barré-syndrome (GBS) (n(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the ABI PRISM 7700 Sequence Detection System and the LightCycler to develop a quantitative real-time PCR assay for the detection of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) DNA suitable for routine hospital application. METHODS We used one exonuclease probe and five different hybridization probe sets as(More)
Increasing the efficacy of targeted cancer therapies requires the identification of robust biomarkers suitable for patient stratification. This study focused on the identification of molecular mechanisms causing resistance against the anti-ERBB2-directed therapeutic antibodies trastuzumab and pertuzumab presently used to treat patients with ERBB2-amplified(More)
Leptin is a pleiotropic protein best known for regulation of appetite and fat storage in mammals. While many leptin orthologs have been identified among vertebrates, an authentic leptin in birds has remained elusive and controversial. Here we identify leptin sequence from the Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus (pfleptin), and identify sequences from two(More)
Project-based learning is an essential part of a software engineer's education. The learning achieved through projects can be improved through structured interaction between more experienced students and those students encountering their rst software engineering project. In this paper, we report on our experience over three years with trials of several(More)