A New Approach to Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And yet, we know relatively little about the disease and have failed to make promising strides towards a cure or treatment. Two scientists have taken a new approach to fighting Alzheimer’s, and their […]

Cells in Motion: PBMC Research

Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) play an essential role in immunology research. Three publications recently featured PBMC from Astarte Biologics to study a Zika virus vaccine and T cell immunotherapy methods. A DNA Vaccine Protects Human Immune Cells against Zika Virus Infection in Humanized Mice Guohua et al. found that a Zika virus vaccine elicited […]

A Guide to Laboratory Biosafety Levels

The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) sets the standard for biosafety levels and laboratory requirements in the United States. To mitigate the risk of infection and contamination from pathogenic microorganisms, the ABSA has developed four distinct biosafety levels that, when properly implemented, should contain harmful biological agents and prevent contamination. What Biosafety Level Should My […]

Case Study: Observations from the Recall Antigen Assay

Our customers know that we take great pride in the quality and functionality of all our cell products. When it comes to demonstrating the functionality of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), there is no industry-standard protocol. We developed a recall antigen assay as an internal test of our PBMC functionality in order to demonstrate the […]

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 Dendritic […]

10 Reasons to Outsource Immunology Research Services

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Outsourcing research services is a popular practice among pharma and biotech companies of all sizes. For enterprise pharma companies, emerging biotechs, and everyone in between, there is tremendous value in contracting labs to run your research projects. Our infographic outlines ten reasons why the outsource research services model may be the right choice for your […]

3 Benefits of Mouse T Regulatory Cells for Research

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We wrote a post back in November 2016 comparing natural human T regulatory cells and induced human T regulatory cells. While both have unique benefits and are great options for studying the immune system, you also have a third option for Tregs: mouse T regulatory cells. You may not think of mouse Tregs for immune-oncology […]

Announcing a New List of SLE Donors

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We are happy to announce the availability of an expanded list of SLE donors in our immune cell catalog. In partnership with Physicians Plasma Alliance, we have isolated PBMC, purified CD4+ T cells, and purified CD8+ T cells from donors with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosis). Although Physicians Plasma Alliance is located in Tennessee, we are […]

Case Study: How Fresh Are Your PBMC?

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When ordering human or animal immune cells for research, it’s important to know as many details about the products as possible. That’s why we provide a detailed Certificate of Analysis for each cell product we offer. But beyond knowing information about the cells and donors, you should also inquire about your supplier’s collection and processing […]

Cells in Motion: Immune and Cancer Cells

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At the 2017 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium in Orlando, researchers from Biodesix presented a poster featuring Astarte cells. The poster, Development of ddPCR blood-based diagnostic tests that simultaneously measure mRNA expression from immune and cancer cells, demonstrates how Biodesix developed sensitive and specific methods that can be applied in gene expression studies in blood. These […]