Christian W. Straka

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Induction of the PHO5 gene in S. cerevisiae was previously shown to be accompanied by the removal of four positioned nucleosomes from the promoter. In order to assess the role of nucleosomes in the cascade of gene activation, DNA corresponding to one of these nucleosomes was excised. In its place two foreign DNA segments of the same length were inserted: a(More)
ADF95 is a tool to automatically calculate numerical first derivatives for any mathematical expression as a function of user defined independent variables. Accuracy of derivatives is achieved within machine precision. ADF95 may be applied to any FORTRAN 77/90/95 conforming code and requires minimal changes by the user. It provides a new derived data type(More)
Chromosomal abnormalities, such as 13q deletions, are emerging as important prognostic factors in multiple myeloma. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using specific DNA probes is the technique most widely used for the determination of genomic aberrations in this disease. The utility of comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) for molecular(More)
We performed a dose-escalation study of bendamustine in 31 patients with multiple myeloma that had progressed after high-dose chemotherapy. Bendamustine 100 mg/m2 on days 1 and 2 per cycle was found to be the maximal tolerated dose. The overall response rate was 55% with a median progression-free survival of 26 (0-61) weeks. Toxicity was mild and mainly(More)
Multiple myeloma management has undergone profound changes in the past thanks to advances in our understanding of the disease biology and improvements in treatment and supportive care approaches. This article presents recommendations of the European Myeloma Network for newly diagnosed patients based on the GRADE system for level of evidence. All patients(More)
High-dose chemotherapy with autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation is the standard treatment of patients with multiple myeloma today. In this study we used a combination mobilizing chemotherapy containing ifosfamide with G-CSF before stem cell collection. The chemotherapy regimen consisted of ifosfamide (2,500 mg/m(2) days 1-3), epirubicin(More)
An active assessment of the host capacity to prevent infection during myelosuppression should be beneficial in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy. A single dose of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) (5 microg/kg) was given to 57 patients with multiple myeloma early after the completion of 85 high-dose chemotherapy (melphalan 200 mg/m2)(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is still an incurable disease and adhesion of MM cells to bone marrow stromal cells is one of the hallmarks of the disease. Lymphocyte function associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) is an adhesion molecule that mediates lymphocyte adhesion, but its role in MM is only poorly understood. The aim of the presented study was to improve knowledge on(More)
BACKGROUND The microenvironment in the bone marrow - including lymphocytes - is part of the pathophysiology of multiple myeloma (MM). High dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation is standard of care for younger patients. AIM To determine the influence of reinfused lymphocyte subsets on event free survival (EFS) and overall(More)
Over the past two decades, not only treatment options, but also the diagnosis, staging, and risk assessment of multiple myeloma (MM), have undergone significant development, partially due to a deeper understanding of MM pathogenesis. Conventional cytogenetics and fluorescence in situ hybridization are routinely assessed in MM, and when combined with ISS(More)