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Mobility of Aeroallergens in Home: Effect of Location of Air Sampling and Implication for Evaluation of Patient Exposure
Julian Gordon1, Paul Detjen, Andrea Wachter & Prasanthi Gandhi1

The Inspirotec sampler permitted the easy testing of multiple locations within a household. Air sampling simultaneously at 12 locations by other technologies would have been technically challenging. These were run by an untrained operator.

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A Simple Plate Based Assay Using pH Sensor Dye to Screen for Internalizing Antibody
Nidhi Nath, Becky Godat, Cesear Corona, Chad Zimprich, Mark McDougall, Poncho Meisenheimer, Marjeta Urh

Receptor mediated internalization is a key mechanism of action (MOA) for antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). However, current methods of studying antibody internalization have several limitations including: 1) A multistep process not suitable for screening; 2) Low signal-to-background ratios; 3) Not suitable for kinetic measurements. We have developed a method that mitigates problems associated with traditional internalization assays.

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Better Cell-Based Assays for Anti-CTLA-4, Anti-PD-1/PD-L1, and Bispecific Immunotherapy Drug Studies
Richard Somberg, Mei Cong, Pete Stecha, Natasha Karassina, Jim Hartnett, Zhi-Jie Jey Cheng, and Frank Fan

Here we report the development of a panel of robust reporter assays to measure the potencies for biologics in immunotherapy. These assays reflect mode of action and can serve as valuable tools in immunotherapy drug development and discovery.

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Development of a Robust Reporter-based T cell Activation Assay for Therapeutic Biologics in Immunotherapy
Zhi-jie Jey Cheng, Pete Stecha, Jim Hartnett, Frank Fan, and Mei Cong

Jurkat T-cells stably expressing luciferase reporter driven by IL2 promoter or NFAT-RE, are used as effector cells. Tumor cell lines endogenously expressing cancer antigen are used as antigen presenting cells (APC). By co-cultivating the two cell lines in the presence of CD3 bispecific antibody, TCR/CD3 is activated in Jurkat effector cells. Luciferase activity is up regulated through IL-2 promoter or NFAT-RE activation.

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Reporter Bioassays to Assess Therapeutic Antibodies for Immunotherapy Programs
Mei Cong, Zhi-Jie Jey Cheng, Pete Stecha, Jun Wang, Jamison Grailer, Natasha Karassina, Jim Hartnett, and Frank Fan

Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy or biotherapy, stimulates certain parts of the immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. Important drug targets in immunotherapy include: Co-inhibitory receptors, such as PD-1/PD-L1, CTLA-4, LAG3, Tim3; and co-stimulatory receptors, such as GITR, CD40, OX40, 4-1BB.
Current approaches to assaying these targets are cumbersome and variable. Here we offer an improved in vitro bioassay approach.

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Modelling CLL cell and T-cell Migration in a Dynamic Circulating Model of CLL
Elisabeth Walsbyl, Paul Brennan', Guy Pratte, Andrea Buggins3, Tanja N Hartmann'', Chris Fegan1 and Chris Pepper'

We have recently developed a novel circulating model of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) that mimics the transient interactions that take place between circulating lymphocytes and vascular endothelium. Here we show that both normal and malignant lymphocytes actively underwent transendothelial migration.

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Quantification of Natural Killer Cell-Mediated Cytotixicity using Celigo Imaging Cytometry
Leo L. Chan, Srinivas S. Somanchi, Kelsey Rosbach, Dean A. Lee

Time-course tracking of % lysis eliminates multiple controls & the effect of non-uniform cell seeding in the final cytotoxicity calculation. The # of cells used is less than the cells needed for Release assays & Flow Cytometry. Flow cytometry & Release assays require a seeding density of 100K target cells increasing the number of effector cells to the millions. The visual observation of ADCC or CDC on the images can be convincing to conclude the functionality of antibodies or complements.

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Non-invasive Liquid Biopsy
Frauke Henjes1, Lise Aagaard1, Darren Ellis1, Hannah Lindstroem1, Morten Oksvold2,3, Axl Neurauter1, Ketil W. Pedersen1.

Paramagnetic Dynabeads® magnetic beads provide a versatile, automation friendly tool for fast sensitive and high throughput isolation that can be tailored to isolate specific circulating biomarkers such as cells, exosomes and nucleic acids.

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Novel culture medium using a small-molecule agonist of thrombopoetin receptor
Hondo M1; Nishino T2; Inamura M1

ReproHSC medium for the culture of hematopoietic stem cells. facilitates the culture and expansion of CD34+/CD38- cells that retain their HSC properties

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Flexible automated platform for blood group genotyping on DNA microarrays
S. Paris1, D. Rigal1, V. Barlet1, M. Verdier1, N. Coudurier2, P. Bailly3, J.-C. Brès1,4

The purpose of this project was to set up and validate a flexible robotic platform using 96-well DNA microarray for multiplex blood group genotyping.

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A clinical trial examining the body’s response to seasonal flu suggests new approaches for evaluating the effectiveness of seasonal flu vaccines.
Vaccinations Are More Effective When Administered In The Morning
Research from the University of Birmingham shows that influenza vaccinations have more protective responses when administered in the morning.
Secrets of a Deadly Virus Family Revealed
Scripps Research scientists uncover the glycoprotein structure of LCMV. The findings could guide development of treatments for Lassa fever.
Cytokine Triggers Immune Response at Expense of Blood Renewal
Research highlights promise of Anti-IL-1 drugs to treat chronic inflammatory disease.
Reduced Immune Response Causes Flu Deaths in Older Adults
Yale study suggests that immune response to flu causes death in older people, not the virus.
Exposure To Routine Viruses Makes Mice Better Test Subjects
Study shows that infections make mouse immune system act more like that in humans.
Immune Booster Tested in Advanced Merkel Cell Cancer
The immunotherapy drug produced durable responses in many patients.
Factors Influencing Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Uncovered
The long-held approach to predicting seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness may need to be revisited, new research suggests.
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