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 […]

SLAS2017 Restaurant Guide: Washington, D.C.

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SLAS2017 will head to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. February 4–8, 2017. The area surrounding the Convention Center offers a variety of ethnic foods, local coffee shops, and unique dining experiences. In preparation for your stay, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top-rated local restaurants and coffee shops near […]

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What About the Other Half of the Caucasian Population?

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We get many orders and requests for donors who are HLA-A*0201 positive and CMV positive, and for good reason. Scientists know that the HLA-A*0201 allele is the most common allele found in the European/North American Caucasian population, expressed by about half of all individuals. But are there alternatives to HLA-A*0201 positive donors? And should you […]

3 Must-Attend Events at SLAS2017

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With more than 5,000 attendees expected at the SLAS2017 International Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. this February, there will be ample opportunities to discover, connect and grow. This year’s theme, Research: The Possibilities, will focus on the rapid evolution of the life sciences industry. From new technologies to advanced research models, the industry is […]

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What’s the Difference Between Serum and Plasma?

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For some scientists, the difference between serum and plasma is just nomenclature. On more than once occasion we’ve had to ask customers, “Do you mean serum or do you mean plasma?” only to hear, “either one” or “aren’t they the same thing?” Let us clear up the confusion. Serum vs. Plasma: What’s the Difference? Serum […]

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Can I Get Different Cell Types from the Same Donor?

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Customers often come to us looking for multiple cell types from the same donor, or for a new cell type from the same donor as another cell type they already purchased. We recently got two such requests: “Can I get NK cells, monocytes and dendritic cells all from the same donor?” “I recently bought CD4+ […]

Comparing Natural and Induced T Regulatory Cells

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When buying T regulatory cells for autoimmune or immunotherapy research, you have two options: natural T regulatory cells or induced T regulatory cells. The main difference between the two is quite clear. Induced Tregs are differentiated in the lab outside of the thymus, while natural Tregs come directly from the donor’s body. But there are […]

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Does Your Drug Candidate Have Immunotoxicity?

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There are many ways that a drug or biologic therapy can impact the immune system, many of which aren’t discovered in the early stages of drug development. For example, chemotherapies that impede the development of hematopoietic cells can leave cancer patients anemic and prone to infection. So how can you identify the negative immune system […]

Researcher Spotlight: Benjamin Tjoa

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Astarte’s scientists bring a wealth of immunology research expertise from diverse backgrounds. With extensive experience in a variety of biologics disciplines, our team is an ideal resource for a wide range of outsource research services. From multiplex assays to flow cytometric analyses, Astarte helps you get on with discovery. In this researcher spotlight, we introduce […]