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The detection of rare mutants using next generation sequencing has considerable potential for diagnostic applications. Detecting circulating tumor DNA is the foremost application of this approach. The major obstacle to its use is the high read error rate of next-generation sequencers. Rather than increasing the accuracy of final sequences, we detected rare(More)
By making comparisons with the usual manual method, we evaluated an automatic fluorescent image analyzer (Image Titer, Tripath Imaging, Burlington NC), the software for which was developed to simplify measuring indirect immunofluorescent antinuclear antibodies (FANAs). In this new system, images of the stained sample are displayed, and it measures the FANA(More)
Monitoring of disease/therapeutic conditions is an important application of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). We devised numerical indices, based on ctDNA dynamics, for therapeutic response and disease progression. 52 lung cancer patients subjected to the EGFR-TKI treatment were prospectively collected, and ctDNA levels represented by the activating and T790M(More)
Few sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas Lam.) cultivars with erect plant type are available despite their advantages over spreading type, such as simplicity of cultivation and ability to adapt to limited space. One of the reasons is insufficiency of their agronomic characteristics for table use. So, it is important to overcome these drawbacks of ER-type lines. We(More)
Pneumothorax is a rare complication in cancer chemotherapy. We report a case in which a male patient with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) developed repetitive pneumothorax after receiving a combination of the chemotherapeutic drugs gefitinib and amrubicin (GEF + AMR). Both episodes of pneumothorax occurred on the 3rd day of GEF + AMR(More)
INTRODUCTION Pleural effusion induced by sarcoidosis is rare, and pleural sarcoidosis is often diagnosed by thoracoscopic surgery. The diagnosis of pleural sarcoidosis using thoracentesis may be less invasive when sarcoidosis is already diagnosed histologically in more than one organ specimen. Here we report the case of a 64-year-old woman with pleural(More)
(123)I-iomazenil SPECT is of value in determining an epileptogenic focus, however, transient uptake change has been rarely reported in epileptic disorders. A 78-year-old woman diagnosed as status epilepticus (SE) showed transient reduction in (123)I-iomazenil uptake within the epileptic foci on SPECT images during a couple of weeks. It suggests a(More)
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