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We present the second and improved release of the TOUCAN workbench for cis-regulatory sequence analysis. TOUCAN implements and integrates fast state-of-the-art methods and strategies in gene regulation bioinformatics, including algorithms for comparative genomics and for the detection of cis-regulatory modules. This second release of TOUCAN has become open(More)
OBJECTIVE Endothelial cells comprise a key component of the inflammatory response. We set out to obtain a comprehensive overview of the immediate-early to early gene expression program of interleukin-1 (IL-1)-stimulated endothelial cells and to identify novel transcription factors and regulatory elements. METHODS AND RESULTS Human umbilical vein(More)
BACKGROUND The implementation of new medical knowledge into general practice is a complex process. Blended learning may offer an effective and efficient educational intervention to reduce the knowledge-to-practice gap. The aim of this study was to compare knowledge acquisition about dementia management between a blended learning approach using online(More)
Being able to manage and adjust insulin doses is a key part of managing type-1 diabetes. Children and adolescents with type-1 diabetes mellitus often have serious difficulties with this dosage adjustment. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the impact of using novel mobile, web and communication technologies in assisting their therapy and treatment. A(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the transcription factor SOX18 are responsible for specific cardiovascular defects in humans and mice. In order to gain insight into the molecular basis of its action, we identified target genes of SOX18 and analyzed one, MMP7, in detail. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS SOX18 was expressed in HUVEC using a recombinant adenoviral(More)
BACKGROUND Instruments measuring caregiver reactions usually disregard positive aspects, and focus predominately on home care. The Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA) scale is an exception. Until now, no German version has been available. We translated the instrument to German (G-CRA) and evaluated its psychometric properties and feasibility. METHODS(More)
In March 1984, I ported a good sized Pascal project from an Intel 8086-based micro computer to a Vax11/780. The Pascal compilers on both systems had been implemented long before the Pascal standard [2] was accepted in 1983; consequently neither compiler adheres exactly to the standard. The "Pascal-86" compiler on the Intel micro computer is a user friendly,(More)
BACKGROUND The continuous rise in caesarean rates across most European countries raises multiple concerns. One factor in this development might be the type of care women receive during childbirth. 'Supportive care during labour' by midwives could be an important factor for reducing fear, tension and pain and decreasing caesarean rates. The presence and(More)
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