EXPLOITATION NEWS: A VISICORT collaboration with Epimune GmbH begins

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EXPLOITATION NEWS: A VISICORT collaboration with Epimune GmbH begins

A collaborative immune profiling study has begun with VISICORT (www.visicort.eu) partners and Epimune Diagnostics GmbH. The new research will use biosamples taken from corneal transplant recipients who agreed to take part in the VISICORT longitudinal multi-centre clinical study. In July 2020, Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) selected from the VISICORT Foundation Biobank (VFB) vapour nitrogen freezers were shipped under super cold-chain at -196 C in a liquid nitrogen Dry Shipper from Biostór Ireland to INSERM in Nantes.

The 166 biosamples were from people who participated in trans-European VISICORT studies over the past 5 years in Aarhus, Berlin, Bristol, Dublin and Nantes. Participants had received full corneal transplants and samples were collected immediately before transplantation and at various times post-transplant to investigate blood immune cell signatures predictive of rejection. Samples from groups of people that did or did not develop rejection during follow-up were selected. The consignment also included samples of PBMC from “healthy controls.” These key samples from the VFB are the basis of a multi-partner, collaborative study involving: INSERM (Nantes, France), Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI, Dublin, Ireland) and VISICORT’s 3rd party research partner, Epimune GmbH (https://www.epimune-dx.com/). Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Epimune GmbH is a diagnostics company that has revolutionized the molecular quantification of immune cells from a drop of blood.

A portion of each sample will first undergo Flow Cytometry analysis at INSERM to count the numbers of different sub-types of a key immune cell type called CD4 or “helper” T cell. At the same time, genetic material (DNA and RNA) will be extracted from another portion of the cells by the INSERM research team and will be shipped to research laboratories in RCSI for measurement of micro-RNAs and in Epimune for measurement of the epigenetic DNA signatures of individual types of T cell and other immune cells. The results from these coordinated research assays will strengthen to detect and understand activities within the immune system to eventually lead to rejection in some corneal transplant recipients. They may also provide opportunities to develop tests for more accurately predicting the risk of corneal transplant rejection in the future.

Learn more about VISICORT at www.visicort.eu
   VISICORT has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602470. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.
2020-08-19T16:21:55+01:00August 19th, 2020|
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