Using the Epstein-Barr Virus to Study the Immune System

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The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of the most prevalent infections, found in about 95% of the adult population. EBV is a lifelong infection with ties to many diseases. Although infected individuals often build adaptive immunity to EBV and are asymptomatic, EBV is associated with infectious mononucleosis, several types of cancer such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, […]

Cells in Motion: Macrophage Research

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Macrophages play an important role in immunology, cancer, and inflammatory research. Two recent publications featured cells from Astarte Biologics to study the various effects of macrophages on killing breast cancer cells and impacting reproductive health, respectively. Macrophage-mediated Trogocytosis Leads to Death of Antibody-opsonized Tumor Cells Velmurugan, et al. found that trogocytosis was effective in killing […]

Functional Testing for T Cell and PBMC Quality Control

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Proper testing of antigen specific T cells and PBMC is essential to ensure antigen specificity and cell functionality. Whether you’re purchasing human cells for research from a supplier or preparing your own antigen specific T cells or PBMC for experimentation, it’s important to perform the appropriate tests beforehand. At Astarte, we always test our antigen […]