New Research on PD-1 and PD-L1 Inhibitors

New research on PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors is raising questions on the positive and negative effects of popular cancer treatments, calling for further studies. PD-L1 Inhibits Chronic Pain in Mice Ru-Rong Ji (Duke University) and Yu-Qiu Zhang (Fudan University) have shown that PD-L1 can lessen acute and chronic pain when injected into mice. The team…

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3 Easy Ways to Find the Exact Cells You Need

Time is a precious resource for busy researchers and scientists. You know the exact cells and donor specifications you need, and you want to order them quickly and easily without scouring a lengthy inventory list. Now you can do just that, easier than ever! Check out our newly improved product filters and search functionality to…

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5 Tips to Culture and Activate Dendritic Cells

Antigen-presenting dendritic cells are an important factor in studying the immune system. If you already have dendritic cells (DC) in your lab, you can culture them to achieve a desired phenotype and activate them to recognize immune or inflammatory responses.   5 Tips for Dendritic Cell Culture and Activation 1. Avoid Transferring DC During Culture…

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New Anti HPV E7 T Cells to Aid in HPV Research

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection among Americans and although it can be prevented with a vaccine, only 60% of girls and 50% of boys in the U.S, had started the HPV vaccine series as of 2016. Left untreated, HPV can cause cervical, head, and neck cancers among other health complications.…

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Astarte Welcomes Ponni Anand, Research Services Manager

Our team just got a little bigger! We would like to introduce our newest team member, Ponni Anand, M.Sc., MBA, who will be joining us as a Research Services Manager. Ponni has a diverse background in clinical research, strategic planning, and project management. She has earned an M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry, an M.Sc. in Biology,…

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Fred Hutch Shows Success with CAR T Cell Immunotherapy

In a recent interview with KIRO 7, Gary Gilliard, president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, talked about the success they are having with CAR T cell immunotherapies for some metastatic cancers. The Hutch has long been a leader in immunotherapy research and has made many lifesaving discoveries harnessing the power of the…

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Factors Impacting DMARD Adherence in RA Patients

With well over one million Americans living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, there has been an interest in developing antirheumatic treatments dating back to the 1930s, giving rise to the classification of “disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs” (DMARDs) in the 1970s and 1980s. Of course, any drug or therapy will be most effective when patients adhere to the prescribed…

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