Donna P. Ankerst

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BACKGROUND Cryopreservation of PBMC and/or overnight shipping of samples are required for many clinical trials, despite their potentially adverse effects upon immune monitoring assays such as MHC-peptide tetramer staining, cytokine flow cytometry (CFC), and ELISPOT. In this study, we compared the performance of these assays on leukapheresed PBMC shipped(More)
BACKGROUND Frost is an important abiotic stress that limits cereal production in the temperate zone. As the most frost tolerant small grain cereal, rye (Secale cereale L.) is an ideal cereal model for investigating the genetic basis of frost tolerance (FT), a complex trait with polygenic inheritance. Using 201 genotypes from five Eastern and Middle European(More)
BACKGROUND Sarcosine has been investigated as a prostate cancer biomarker with mixed results concerning its predictive power. We performed a case-control evaluation of the predictive value of serum sarcosine for early detection in a population-based cohort of men undergoing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. METHODS For analysis we used 251 cancer(More)
Clinical risk calculators are now widely available but have generally been implemented in a static and one-size-fits-all fashion. The objective of this study was to challenge these notions and show via a case study concerning risk-based screening for prostate cancer how calculators can be dynamically and locally tailored to improve on-site patient accuracy.(More)
Daily stem growth was reduced by drought with high significance, but not affected by ozone uptake or drought–ozone interaction. Increasing air temperature showed capacity of compensating negative drought effects. Future increases in stress on forest trees due to rising ozone deposition and/or exacerbating drought are one of many contemporary climate change(More)
Process-orientated, unmanaged forest remnants are not sufficient for halting the loss of forest biodiversity. Thus, integrated biodiversity-promoting management for forest inhabitants is needed. Microhabitats, such as tree cavities or bark pockets, are essential for the preservation of saproxylic species and of critical importance for endangered ones. This(More)
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