Establishing a Positive Control for CD4 Cells: A Vital Addition to the Research Toolkit
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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘A Positive Control for Detection of Functional CD4 T Cells in PBMC: The CPI Pool’, published in the journal Cells. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells6040047
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Measurement of CD4 T cell-mediated immunity requires functional tests to be conducted with viable peripheral blood mononuclear cells, PBMC. Recently, scientists at CTL successfully developed a positive control that not only verifies the functionality of CD4 T cells in PBMC, but also that the antigen-presenting cell compartment is unimpaired in the test sample as well.
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