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This work improves monolingual sentence alignment for text simplification, specifically for text in standard and simple Wikipedia. We introduce a method that improves over past efforts by using a greedy (vs. ordered) search over the document and a word-level semantic similarity score based on Wiktionary (vs. WordNet) that also accounts for structural(More)
In 2007 the WMDA responded to the publication of two manuscripts suggesting a causal link between G-CSF and myeloid malignancies in healthy donors by convening an international symposium to examine this issue. At the time, registries reviewed the long-term follow-up of their healthy donors, which suggested no excess of leukaemia in PBSC donors compared with(More)
The main obstacles to successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in blast crisis (BC) are increased post-transplant relapse and high treatment-related mortality. We report a patient with CML in BC who was treated initially with imatinib mesylate and was then concurrently treated with a(More)
Several studies have compared the results of unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation (UBMT) and unrelated donor cord blood transplantation (UCBT). To objectively analyze these data, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of pooled data on comparative studies of UCBT and UBMT in patients requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.(More)
We initiated a randomized study of amifostine (the organic thiophosphate formerly known as WR-2721) given to patients during myeloablative conditioning therapy for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Amifostine was given at a dose of 1000 mg/day of conditioning and was well tolerated if attention was given to serum calcium levels, blood pressure and(More)
We report a new method of humanizing antibodies by complementarity determining region (CDR) grafting. Our method differs from others in that we choose human framework sequences from the set of human germline genes based on the structural similarity of the human CDRs to those of the mouse antibody to be humanized. The structural similarity is evaluated by(More)
The hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) activity in nine Asian countries/regions was surveyed to overview the current situation. Data of 58 113 HSCTs (allogeneic: 63% vs autologous: 37%) performed between 1986 and 2006 by 432 transplant teams were collected. The number of HSCTs has been increasing in the past two decades in most countries/regions. The increase in(More)
Administration of a therapeutic antibody can lead to an anti-antibody response (AAR). Much effort has been applied to engineering antibodies with as little as possible non-human structure to minimize such responses. Here, we review reported AAR to murine, mouse-human chimeric, and humanized antibodies. Replacement of mouse immunoglobulin constant regions(More)
The successful expansion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) from umbilical cord blood (UCB) for transplantation could revolutionize clinical practice by improving transplantation-related outcomes and making available UCB units that have suboptimal cell doses for transplantation. New cytokine combinations appear able to promote HSPC growth(More)
Interactions between bone marrow-derived hematopoietic stem cells (BM-HSCs) and their local microenvironment are an integral part of signaling control of BM-HSCs migration, proliferation and differentiation. We hypothesized that both substrate topographical and biochemical cues promote BM-HSCs adhesive behaviors, which are crucial for BM-HSCs' homing,(More)