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BACKGROUND Candida albicans (C. albicans) is a major cause of candidaemia in people with impaired immunity. Blood culture is a "gold standard" for candidaemia detection but is time-consuming and relatively insensitive. We established a real-time PCR assay for C. albicans detection in blood by LightCycler PCR and melting curve analysis. METHODS Five(More)
Stem cells are characterized by the ability to differentiate and to self-renew. Stem cells derived from human dental pulp have been shown to differentiate into osteoblasts serving as a potential source of autologous bone produced in vitro. The purpose of the present study was to isolate mesenchymal stem cells from dental pulp. Dental pulp was gently(More)
OBJECTIVE The invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a serious opportunistic infection caused by various species of Aspergillus in immunocompromised individuals. Basically, rapid and early diagnosis prevents IA progression. In this study we performed a Real Time PCR/ Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) for diagnosis of IA in hematologic malignancies and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Invasive candidiasis (IC) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with hematologic disorders and bone marrow transplant recipients. Rapid, specific and sensitive test for the timely accuracy in immunocompromised patients to reduce mortality rates and prevent IC progress is necessary. We established a real-time(More)
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