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Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has changed genomics significantly. More and more applications strive for sequencing with different platforms. Now, in 2012, after a decade of development and evolution, NGS has been accepted for a variety of research fields. Determination of sequencing errors is essential in order to follow next-generation sequencing beyond(More)
BACKGROUND Hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation is a well-established treatment in various hematologic malignancies, but the outcome depends on disease relapse, infections, and the development and severity of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease. Some evidence has revealed an important role for the nonclassical major histocompatibility complex(More)
Bovine digital dermatitis (BDD) is a common infectious foot disease whose aetiology is not fully understood. Its origin is thought to be multifactorial, with treponemes being involved. Using PCR-based techniques, BDD samples from 45 affected cows and intact skin from 8 BDD-affected and 33 healthy cows were assessed for the presence of bovine papillomavirus(More)
BACKGROUND Aberrant RHD alleles leading to a reduced expression of D antigen on the red blood cell (RBC) surface may be mistyped as D- by serology. To quantify the occurrence of weak D, DEL, and D+/- chimera among apparent D- first-time blood donors, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening was implemented as a routine service. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years various studies showed, that hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a growing public health problem in many developed countries. Therefore, HEV infections might bear a transmission risk by blood transfusions. The clinical relevance still requires further investigations. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of acute HEV infections(More)
Transplantation and, notably, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation require high-resolution human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing and, because of the heterozygous genomic DNA samples, are dependent on clonal analytical methods. High-resolution HLA typing is a necessity for accomplishing the best possible histocompatibility match between donor and(More)
Human leukocyte antigen matching at allelic resolution is proven clinically significant in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, lowering the risk of graft-versus-host disease and mortality. However, due to the ever growing HLA allele database, tissue typing laboratories face substantial challenges. In light of the complexity and the high degree of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Molecular variations of the RHD gene may result in the reduced expression of the D antigen and altered Rh phenotypes. In many occasions, they cannot be typed reliably by standard serological methods. Sequence-based typing is the gold standard to determine rare and unknown RHD genotypes. For this pilot study, sequence-based typing(More)
BACKGROUND More than 50 weak D alleles and numerous partial D alleles have been described to date that can be identified by molecular methods as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing of the RHD gene. A real time-based RHD typing scheme was developed and tested during an 8-month period. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 53,347 blood donors(More)
Adipose tissue is easily available and contains high numbers of stem cells that are capable for chondrogenic differentiation. We hypothesize that a partial substitution of chondrocytes with autologous adipose-derived stem cells (ASC) might be a possible strategy to reduce the number of chondrocytes needed in matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte(More)