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Microglia Activation

Inflammation and microglia/macrophage activation go hand in hand. One of the mechanisms driving these processes is cytokine release. iPSC-derived microglia- and macrophage-like cells can be stimulated to an inflammatory state to release high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This provides a relevant platform for testing compounds that aim to dampen the inflammatory response. Macrophages can also be polarised to distinct phenotypes (pro- and anti-inflammatory), enabling cytokine profile evaluation.

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Control untreated image
LPS stimulated image

Microglia-like cells

Phase images of microglia-like cells taken at baseline and following 24h stimulation with LPS.

LPS concentration response:

Microglia-like cells were stimulated
with LPS (0-100ng/ml) for 24h.
IL-6 cytokine release was measured
using HTRF technology.

Cytokine release

iPSC-derived microglia-like cells stimulated with LPS and/or IFNγ to measure cytokine release. This data was generated through a collaboration with LifeArc.

Iba quantification

Iba1 expression on iPSC-derives microglia-like cells measured at baseline and following stimulation with LPS and/or INF. Iba1 was measured with immunocytochemistry and degree of staining quantified. This data was generated in collaboration with LifeArc.