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New reagents to: chicken co-stimulatory molecules; bovine NK cells; bovine IL-2; ovine CXCL8/IL-8; equine TNF-alpha, IL-6, IL-15 and CD14 more

New Immunological Toolbox publicationEntrican, G., Lunney, J.K., Rutten, V.P., Baldwin,C.L., A Current Perspective on Availability of Tools, Resources, Networks for

Veterinary Immunology, Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2008), doi:10.1016/j.vetimm.2008.10.291


The Immunological Toolbox is a consortium led by three UK institutes - The Institute for Animal Health, The Moredun Research Institute and The Animal Health Trust. Each site is recognised world-wide as a centre for excellence in veterinary sciences. The program is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD).

Our Aims

The Toolbox is an initial four year program to develop a range of reagents and systems to accelerate progress in the field of Veterinary Immunology. The species of interest include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. Areas of specific focus are:

  • Developing reagents and assays to examine soluble inter-cellular messengers (cytokines and chemokines)
  • Generating monoclonal antibodies to identify cell surface molecules
  • Producing specific viral peptide / MHC molecule tetramer reagents to identify antigen specific T cells
  • Provide information about availability and characteristics of reagents to the research community via a dedicated website
  • Create mechanisms of distribution of developed reagents
  • Encouraging the participation of the research community through an external advisory committee

Contact Information

The consortium leader is Dr Gary Entrican from the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh

Telephone                 +44-131-445 5111
FAX                             +44-131-445 6235
Postal address           Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park,
                               Bush Loan, Edinburgh, EH26 0PZ
                        General Information: gary.entrican@moredun.ac.uk
                        Website Information: toolbox@bbsrc.ac.uk
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