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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: 61, Q&A: 0

    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

    Analysis of B Cell Migration by Intravital Microscopy

    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

    Optogenetic Tuning of Protein-protein Binding in Bilayers Using LOVTRAP
    Authors:  Doug Tischer and Orion D. Weiner, date: 09/05/2020, view: 1888, 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: 1429, 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 ...
    Evaluation of B Cell Proliferation in vivo by EdU Incorporation Assay
    Authors:  Adi Biram and Ziv Shulman, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1608, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Generation of antibodies is crucial for establishing enduring protection from invading pathogens, as well as for maintaining homeostasis with commensal bacteria at mucosal surfaces. Chronic exposure to microbiota- and dietary- derived antigens results in continuous production of antibody producing cells within the Peyer’s patch germinal center ...
    Optogenetic Tuning of Ligand Binding to The Human T cell Receptor Using The opto-ligand-TCR System
    [Abstract] T cells are one major cell type of the immune system that use their T cell antigen receptor (TCR) to bind and respond to foreign molecules derived from pathogens. The ligand-TCR interaction half-lives determine stimulation outcome. Until recently, scientists relied on mutating either the TCR or its ligands to investigate how varying TCR-ligand ...
    Quantifying HIV-1-Mediated Gut CD4+ T Cell Death in the Lamina Propria Aggregate Culture (LPAC) Model
    Authors:  Stephanie M. Dillon, Kejun Guo, Moriah J. Castleman, Mario L. Santiago and Cara C. Wilson, date: 01/20/2020, view: 1544, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Gut CD4 T cells are major targets of HIV-1 and are massively depleted early during infection. To better understand the mechanisms governing HIV-1-mediated CD4 T cell death, we developed the physiologically-relevant Lamina Propria Aggregate Culture (LPAC) model. The LPAC model is ideal for studying CD4 T cell death induced by clinically-relevant ...
    Measurement of CD74 N-terminal Fragment Accumulation in Cells Treated with SPPL2a Inhibitor
    Authors:  Rubén Martínez-Barricarte, Xiao-Fei Kong and Jean-Laurent Casanova, date: 06/05/2019, view: 2822, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The recent discovery of human signal peptide peptidase-like 2a (SPPL2a) deficiency in humans revealed the toxicity associated with the accumulation of one of its substrates, CD74 N-terminal fragment (CD74-NTF), for certain type of dendritic cells (cDC2). We developed a two-step protocol for monitoring the accumulation of this molecule in different ...
    Induced Germinal Center B Cell Culture System
    Authors:  Kei Haniuda and Daisuke Kitamura, date: 02/20/2019, view: 7127, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The germinal center (GC) is the site where B cells undergo clonal expansion, affinity-based selection, and differentiation into memory B cells or plasma cells. It has been difficult to elucidate regulatory mechanisms for the dynamic GC B cell maturation and differentiation, partly because experimental manipulation of GC B cells in vivo ...
    Assessment of Humoral Alloimmunity in Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction
    Authors:  Georgios Pissas and Theodoros Eleftheriadis, date: 01/20/2019, view: 5696, Q&A: 2
    [Abstract] Humoral alloimmunity remains a significant and unresolved problem that constrains allograft survival. Thus, there is a need for the development of an easy, preferably non-radioactive, and inexpensive protocol for assessing the effect of various drug treatments on humoral alloimmunity. In order to satisfy this demand, we developed such a protocol ...

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