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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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iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes and Luciferase Reporters: A Robust Reporting Platform for Monitoring Cardioprotection and Pathway Biology in Endogenous Human Tissue Cells
Fiene, S., Thompson, A., Niles, A., Robers, M., Anson, B.

Pathophysiological conditions, medical interventions, and off-target toxicities can all result in cellular oxidative stress. In cardiac myocytes, prolonged and/or excessive oxidative stress can lead to cardiotoxicity: a primary cause of developmental delays, black-box warnings, and post-launch withdrawal of pharmaceuticals.

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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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ROS-Glo™ H2O2 Assay: A Luminescent Assay for Detection of Reactive Oxygen Species Poster
Gediminas Vidugiris, Sarah Duellman, John Shultz, Jolanta Vidugiriene, Hui Wang, Jean Osterman, Wenhui Zhou, Poncho Meisenheimer and James J. Cali

H2O2 is a reactive oxygen species (ROS) that is measured in cells as a marker of oxidative stress. It is also measured as a marker of enzyme activities that either consume or produce H2O2. It is desirable to screen chemical compounds for their capacity to alter H2O2 levels in cultured cells or for their effects on H2O2 levels in enzyme reactions.

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Testing a Novel Real Time Cell Viability Assay
Amy Landreman, Sarah Duellman, Wenhui Zhou, Jolanta Vidugiriene, Brad Hook

Recently developed assay technologies make it possible to use multi-well plate readers to measure the number of live or dead cells in culture in real time over a period of days. Live cells are measured in real time by adding a reagent containing a shrimp-derived luciferase and a pro-substrate directly to the culture medium. Only viable cells can convert the pro-substrate into a luciferase substrate and generate light.

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The P450-Glo™ CYP2B6 Assay: a Rapid and Selective Assay for Measuring CYP2B6 Induction and Inhibition
Dongping Ma, Hui Wang, Poncho Meisenheimer, James J. Cali

We have developed a luminogenic CYP2B6 assay for biochemical CYP2B6 inhibition and for cell-based CYP2B6 induction studies. Here we present the CYP2B6 luminogenic assay characterization and demonstrate its utility for measuring time dependent CYP2B6 inhibition, and for measuring CYP2B6 induction in cultured primary human hepatocytes with normalization to viable cell count.

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Picking the best CRISPR-Cas9 targets for functional gene knockout: a machine learning algorithm based on both specificity and functionality
Shawn McClelland, Emily M. Anderson, Žaklina Strezoska, Elena Maksimova, Annaleen Vermeulen, Steve Lenger, Tyler Reed, and Anja van Brabant Smith Dharmacon, now part of GE Healthcare, 2650 Crescent Drive, Suite #100, Lafayette, CO 80026, US

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to significantly advance basic and applied research.

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Predicting Regioselectivityand Labilityof Cytochrome P450 Metabolism using Quantum Mechanical Simulations
Tyzack, Nicholas Foster, Peter Hunt, Matthew Segall

Predicting Regioselectivity and Lability of Cytochrome P450 Metabolism using Quantum Mechanical Simulations

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Scaffold design, function and over-expression of lentiviral-based microRNAs
Angela Schoolmeesters, Melissa L. Kelley, Annaleen Vermeulen, Anja Smith, *Mayya Shveygert, *Xin Zhou, *Robert Blelloch Dharmacon, now part of GE Healthcare, 2650 Crescent Drive, Suite #100, Lafayette, CO 80026, USA

Here we describe the strategy for scaffold design, the importance of an optimal promoter, and demonstrate gene target down-regulation from the over-expression of lentiviral microRNA mimics.

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Biological Link between the Gut Microbiome and Parkinson’s Disease
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How the Brain Recognizes Faces
Machine-learning system spontaneously reproduces aspects of human neurology.
Boosting Effectiveness of Asthma Therapy
A team of scientists from UCSF has developed a new treatment to dampen bronchospasm.
Improved Stability, Shelf Life of Protein Drugs
Study improves protein drug stability and extend their shelf life by tested a novel route for non-covalent protein modification.
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