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    CD8 T Cell Virus Inhibition Assay Protocol
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    The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 viral inhibition assay (VIA) measures CD8+ T cell-mediated inhibition of HIV replication in CD4+ T cells and is increasingly used for clinical testing of HIV vaccines and immunotherapies. Different VIAs that differ in length of CD8:CD4 T cell culture periods (6–13 days), purity of CD4 cultures

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    Restimulation-Induced Cell Death (RICD): Methods for Modeling, Investigating, and Quantifying RICD Sensitivity in Primary Human T Cells via Flow Cytometric Analysis
    Authors:  Katherine Pohida, Camille M. Lake, Debra Yee and Andrew L. Snow, date: 02/20/2022, view: 1336, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    When the body mounts an immune response against a foreign pathogen, the adaptive arm of the immune system relies upon clonal expansion of antigen-specific T cell populations to exercise acquired effector and cytotoxic functions to clear it. However, T cell expansion must be modulated to effectively combat the perceived threat without inducing

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    Static Adhesion Assay for Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells
    Authors:  Giulia Vanoni, Camilla Jandus and Sara Trabanelli, date: 01/05/2022, view: 1512, Q&A: 0
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    Blood endothelial cells (ECs) constitute the primary physical barrier to be crossed by circulating leukocytes, once attracted to a site of ongoing inflammation/infection. Upon a pro-inflammatory stimulus, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), ECs upregulate adhesion molecule expression to favor the adhesion and, subsequently, the transendothelial

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    Evaluating Human Natural Killer Cells Antibody-dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity (ADCC) Using Plate-bound Anti-CD16 Antibodies
    Author:  Weiru Liu, date: 01/05/2022, view: 1495, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Natural killer (NK) cells are large granular lymphocytes that keep in check the health of neighboring cells through a large array of intrinsically expressed germline-coded receptors. Most importantly, CD16 is a low affinity Fc receptor for IgG that mediates the antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) of NK cells, bridging the innate and

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    Ex vivo Assessment of Mitochondrial Function in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells Using XF Analyzer
    Authors:  Alica Schöller-Mann, Katja Matt, Barbara Hochecker and Jörg Bergemann, date: 04/05/2021, view: 3092, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Cellular health and function, as we know today, depend on a large extent on mitochondrial function. The essential function of mitochondria is the energy production, more precisely ATP production, via oxidative phosphorylation. Mitochondrial energy production parameters therefore represent important biomarkers. Studies on human cells have mainly

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    A Versatile Protocol to Quantify BCR-mediated Phosphorylation in Human and Murine B Cell Subpopulations
    Authors:  Jasper Rip, Rudi W. Hendriks and Odilia B. J. Corneth, date: 02/05/2021, view: 1915, Q&A: 0
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    Signal transduction is the process by which molecular signals are transmitted from the cell surface to its interior, resulting in functional changes inside the cell. B cell receptor (BCR) signaling is of crucial importance for B cells, as it regulates their differentiation, selection, survival, cellular activation and proliferation. Upon BCR

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    Multiplex T-cell Stimulation Assay Utilizing a T-cell Activation Reporter-based Detection System
    Authors:  Laurie G. Landry, Sarah E. Mann, Amanda M. Anderson and Maki Nakayama, date: 01/20/2021, view: 3364, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Immune tolerance and response are both largely driven by the interactions between the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) expressed by antigen presenting cells (APCs), T-cell receptors (TCRs) on T-cells, and their cognate antigens. Disordered interactions cause the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. Therefore, the

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    Analysis of B Cell Migration by Intravital Microscopy
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    During immune responses, B cells home to lymph nodes (LN), where they encounter antigens. Homing starts with capture and L-selectin-dependent rolling on the activated endothelium of high endothelial venules (HEV). After recognition of chemokines presented on HEV, activation of B cell integrins occurs mediating firm arrest. Subsequently, B cells

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    Optogenetic Tuning of Protein-protein Binding in Bilayers Using LOVTRAP
    Authors:  Doug Tischer and Orion D. Weiner, date: 09/05/2020, view: 3808, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Modern microscopy methods are powerful tools for studying live cell signaling and biochemical reactions, enabling us to observe when and where these reactions take place from the level of a cell down to single molecules. With microscopy, each cell or molecule can be observed both before and after a given perturbation, facilitating better inference ...
    Methodology for in vitro Assessment of Human T Cell Activation and Blockade
    Authors:  Joseph R. Podojil, Igal Ifergan, Ming-Yi Chiang, Joshua J. Meeks and Stephen D. Miller, date: 06/05/2020, view: 3848, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Methods to test both the functionality and mechanism of action for human recombinant proteins and antibodies in vitro have been limited by multiple factors. To test the functionality of a recombinant protein or antibody, the receptor, the receptor-associated ligand, or both must be expressed by the cells present within the in vitro ...



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