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HIV Cell Therapy in Development

Oct 8, 2018 10:13:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in HIV, leukopaks, leukopak, T cells


Combining various treatment approaches is seen as a viable, more powerful means to achieve HIV cure states.

From the time that HIV-related illness and death was first realized in the 1980s until now, efforts to fully understand HIV infection and pathogenesis have been ongoing along with massive research efforts to discover a cure or means to control the spread of the virus. The newest antiviral therapies have made an extraordinary impact on the control of disease progression; however, these do not cure HIV infection and the viral activity returns shortly after antiviral dosing stops. Approaches to achieve HIV immunity are heavily studied, including developing means to provide HIV immunity in T cells and conferring HIV-resistance via gene editing. However, combining various approaches is seen as a viable, more powerful means to achieve HIV control or even a cure.

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Everything You Need to Know About Apheresis

Mar 27, 2017 12:41:11 PM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in apheresis, Innovation, leukemia, leukopaks


Many people have donated blood in their lifetime. This blood is not only used for transfusions, but to provide blood components to treat a number of diseases and to conduct research geared to develop new diagnostic and treatment strategies. To obtain specific blood components, the technique of apheresis is used. This procedure is the means to separate blood into its various components so that the desired one is removed. Then, the rest of the components are placed back into the donor’s circulation.

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Leukopak Versus Buffy Coat

Feb 27, 2017 8:53:23 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in buffy coat, cell therapy, Dendritic cells, leukapharesis procedures, leukopaks, stem cell research


Leukapheresis is a procedure to separate white bloods cells (including dendritic and progenitor cells) from a blood sample. Products obtained from leukapharesis procedures, leukopaks, are regularly used in the research setting. They are also used for cell therapy process development and clinically for certain treatment procedures for blood disorders. Another way to obtain white blood cells and platelets is to obtain them from the buffy coat.

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