Inflammation is a complex process involving many aspects of biology.
Recent advances in the field of immuno-oncology, such as CAR-T, are driving how we harness the immune system to fight disease.
Therapeutic approaches in macrophage biology can involve polarizing towards a preferred phenotype (M1 vs M2), depending on the application.
This assay was developed to identify M1 vs M2 cell populations
We optimized across several polarization paradigms to skew final populations towards a complete M1 vs M2 endpoint.
Subsequent compound testing identified compounds that could modulate this polarization process.
Imaging unambiguously identifies cell populations (M1 vs M2) and allows for quantification of intracellular markers.
Signalling pathways can be examined (phosphorylation, nuclear translocation) as part of mechanism-of-action studies
Immunology and I/O: M1/M2 Activation
Immunology and I/O: T Cell Killing & Clustering
Quantify immune-cell mediated activities (recruitment and killing) on solid tumor models
Co-culture of human PBMCs stimulated to activate various immune subpopulations and human solid tumor cell lines
Immune cell clustering around tumor cells may precede tumor cell death, and may also occur independently, providing a rationale for combination studies (increase immune cell clustering plus cell death via checkpoint inhibition).
Molecules/cell therapies that work via different mechanisms of action (T-cells, monocytes, macrophages, NK cells, CAR-T) can be evaluated