Volume 88 Issue 22 | p. 51 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 31, 2010

Cytokine Detection Illuminates Allergic Responses

New technique improves quantitation of multiple cytokines released from immune cells
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: microengraving, allergy, allergen, microarray

A technique that detects and quantifies the release of multiple cytokines from immune cells, with 100 times more sensitivity than previously achieved, could enhance the ability to assess allergic responses (Lab Chip 2010, 10, 1391). Patients typically are tested for food allergies by monitoring for itching or redness at spots where potential allergens have been poked into the skin with a needle, or by analyzing blood for antibodies to specific allergens. J. Christopher . . .

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