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New LEGENDplex™ Multi-Analyte Flow Assay Panels for Simultaneous Quantification of 13 Th Cytokines in Human and Mouse Samples
Binggang Sun, Jingjing Yao, Jiaming Hu and Shaoquan Ji

We have developed two multiplexed assay panels, human and mouse, using fluorescence–encoded beads, suitable for use on various flow cytometers. Both panels allow simultaneous quantification of 13 human or mouse cytokines, including interleukins (IL-2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 17A, 17F, 21, 22), IFN-? and TNF-a. These Th cytokine panels can be used for serum, plasma, cell culture supernatant and other sample types, offering useful tools for biomedical research and drug discovery.

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Multi-Color Fluorescence Microscopy Application using Novel Brilliant Violet™ and Alexa Fluor® 594 Conjugated Monoclonal Antibodies
Hong Zhang, Kelly Lundsten, Kevin Williams, Beibei Ding, Xiao Lin, Xifeng Wang, Jie Zhou, Dzung Nguyen, and John Ransom

Development of valuable new tools for the immunologist, to resolve multiple antigens simultaneously with fluorescence microscopy: Brilliant Violet 421™, Alexa Fluor® 488, Alexa Fluor® 594 and Alexa Fluor® 647 conjugated monoclonal antibodies.

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Discrimination of spectrally overlapping fluorochromes using Sony Corporation’s (SP6800) Spectral Analyzer
Divekar AA, Lee MJ, Kakuta M, Nitta N, Furuki M, Yang XF and Ransom JT

SP6800, a novel spectral analyzer from Sony Corporation, uses an innovative optics system that collects all emitted light and eliminates the need for band pass filters. Our data show that the SP6800 can perform all the analysis similar to a traditional cytometer with the added feature of separating spectrally overlapping fluorophores.

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Comparison of Three Methods for the Evaluation of Cytokine Storm Risk in Early and Clinical Stage Biopharmaceutical Development
Gary dos Santos and Emer Clarke

Objective: To identify an assay that can accurately predict the risk of CRS and CS associated with investigational biotherapeutics. A comparison of three methods were used: (a) immobilization of test antibody on plastic, (b) co-culture of PBMC's on HUVEC's and (c) pre-culture of PBMC's at high cell density.

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Stealth-Adapted Viruses and Viteria: Insights into Virus Construction, Replication and Potential Therapies
W. John Martin

There is an increasing incidence of diseases with accompanying signs and symptoms of brain damage. These include neurological and psychiatric illnesses, childhood behavioral disorders, and such common conditions as chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, so-called “chronic Lyme disease”, and many cancers. Altogether, these diseases have an enormous social impact.

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Hypothesis of an Existence of a Reverse Pathway (Rp) which Passes Genetic Information from Polypeptide Antigens to Ig Genes in B-Lymphocytes
Victor J. Alexander

Results of this research will bring new more effective treatment methods of many immune related diseases, including cancer.

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A mix-and-read cell-based assay for antibody screening against Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor
Wayne P Bowen, David Onley, Paul Wylie, Diana Caracino and Tristan Cope

Here we present a sensitive robust, mix-and-read method for the screening of antibodies against cell surface proteins. With its simple operation, no-wash format, and high sensitivity, this new method is well-suited for high throughput antibody screening.

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Random Homozygous Gene Perturbation (RHGP) as a Tool for Target Discovery and Validation
Wu-Bo Li and Michael Goldblatt

Random homozygous gene perturbation (RHGP) can identify and validate any host (cellular) gene target that directly causes a desired phenotype without requiring prior knowledge of the target. The central feature of RHGP is a unique lentiviral-based genetic element, known as a gene search vector (GSV) designed to interrogate the entire genome and identify target genes that cause the phenotype of interest.

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Metal Polymers, A Glue to Immobilise Proteins Onto Synthetic Surfaces
Abernethy N, Chung E, Fontanelle BT, Gao Y, Jennins D, Koudijs MM, Lim D, Yang L, Ling T, Vukovic P, Wong A, Maeji, NJ

The main objective of this work was to develop a surface chemistry which maintains protein function and orientation per unit surface area, regardless of the surface used.

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Automated Solutions for Cellular Screening and Characterization of Therapeutic Antibodies for Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity Utility
Brad Larson, Peter Banks , Nicolas Pierre, Stéphane Martinez, and Francois Degorce

Since the end of the 1990’s, the pharmaceutical industry has seen an increased interest in biologics, especially in the therapeutic areas of oncology and inflammation. Here we present the automation of two assays for the characterization and selection of potent antibody drug candidates. Both assays rely on HTRF® detection. The first assay quantifies the binding affinity of antibodies to their target antigen, on live cells.

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Scientific News
NIH Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Fatal Inflammatory Disease in Children
Repurposed drugs may offer first potential therapy.
Injected Vaccine Could Help Eradicate Polio
Re-introducing a type of polio vaccine that fell out of favour in the 1960s could hasten eradication of the disease.
New Possibilities for Leukaemia Therapy with a Novel Mode of Cancer Cell Recognition
A new class of lipids in human leukaemia cells trigger an immune response to kill the cells.
Cellular Force That Drives Allergy and Asthma Can be Blocked by Interferon
Type I interferons block the development of allergy- and asthma-driving Th2 cells.
A Key Step Toward a Safer Strep Vaccine
Gene discovery identifies molecular pathway to potential preventive treatment.
Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds
New study shows that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause dysbiosis.
Immune Response Affects Sleep and Memory
Sickness-induced insomnia is common because of link between brain and immune system.
Newborns Exposed to Allergens May Have Lower Allergy and Asthma Risk
Newborns exposed to household germs, pet and rodent dander and roach allergens during their first year of life appear to have lower risk of developing asthma and allergies.
Ubiquitous Protein Controls Copying of Resistant DNA
Researchers have demonstrated how the protein could put antibiotic-resistant bugs in handcuffs.
Humanity's Overall Environmental Footprint is Not Sustainable
Substantial, fundamental changes in the world economy are required to reduce humanity's overall environmental footprint to a sustainable level.
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