Taconic Insights

Biopharmaceutical Trends and R&D

Taconic Biosciences has remained one of the world's leading providers of research models and services for over 60 years through our commitment to anticipating clients’ needs and industry trends. One of the key trends of the past ten years involves our clients’ need to strategically outsource functional areas of their R&D programs. When companies, academic institutions, government agencies and others outsource certain R&D functions they begin to rely on their collaborators, such as Taconic, to keep them apprised of emerging science and technologies in our specific areas of expertise.
In this spirit of collaboration, we present "Taconic Insights", a new section of our website dedicated to educating the industry on key scientific and technological trends impacting biopharmaceutical R&D. Here you will find the latest insights Taconic can provide in the form of articles, white papers, videos, webinars, presentations, and other media.

Pancreatic Cancer Microbiome Suppresses Immune Responses

Alterations in the microbiome have an acknowledged role in cancer pathology1,2. Earlier this year, however, researchers at New York University published a manuscript3 connecting the pancreatic microbiome to cancer progression. In this report, Pushalkar et al. demonstrate that the endogenous microbiome of the pancreas can drive immunosuppressive conditions in humans and mice, which creates a pro-tumorigenic state. Treatment regimens that include modulating the microbiome show promise for...

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Round Up: Top 5 Insights from the Summer 2018

Here's our recap of the top Insight posts from the summer you might have missed! 1. Translational Microbiome Infographic Are you beginning your studies in the Microbiome and don't know where to start? Download and print out the Translational Microbiome at a Glance Infographic to give you a quick reference into this valuable area of research — Find out more! 2. New PBMC-Humanized Mice Support Efficient NK-Cell...

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CASIS Announces Request for Proposals to Access Spaceflight Biospecimens

Source: CASIS The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for investigators seeking to access biological specimens from its Rodent Research Reference Mission-1, Applications for Spaceflight Biospecimens. The BALB/c mice for the space flight are provided by Taconic Biosciences. Taconic Biosciences has provided mice and rats for spaceflight research since 1985. CASIS intends to send 40 BALB/c mice...

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Mouse Bioassay Helps Contain Botulism Outbreak

Researchers from the Statens Serum Institut (State Serum Institute), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU, Technical University of Denmark) and Fødevarestyrelsen (Danish Veterinary and Food Administration) recently identified the source of a botulism outbreak that affected nine people in June 2018. The affected people became ill after a dinner party in Sønderborg, Denmark. Botulism is a type of food poisoning caused by a common soil bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, which...

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New Neurons

On August 27, 2018, researchers at University of Szeged, Allen Institute for Brain Science, J. Craig Venter Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Illumina, Inc., and University of California, San Diego published a paper titled, Transcriptomic and morphophysiological evidence for a specialized human cortical GABAergic cell type in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The research was featured on NPR and looks at newly discovered neurons named "rose hip neurons"...

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Endocannabinoids Prevent Inflammation, Maintain Intestinal Homeostasis

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are conditions regulated by a combination of genetic, immune and microbial factors. Although it is a normal component of host defense against pathogens, neutrophil influx to the intestinal lumen is also associated with severe pathology in IBD. In a recent manuscript by Szabady et al., the authors demonstrate a novel role for endocannabinoid compounds in regulating intestinal inflammation by limiting neutrophil migration...

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Investigating HIV-associated Liver Disease in dual-Humanized TK-NOG Mice

As HIV-infected individuals live longer thanks to antiretroviral (ARV) therapies, chronic liver disease is becoming a major issue. Research into HIV-and ARV-induced hepatotoxicity has been limited due to the lack of relevant preclinical models. Humanized Mouse Models of HIV A recent study by Dagur et al. describes a novel method for studying the human liver in the context HIV-1 infection, using a dual reconstituted humanized mouse model...

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IBD and Immune Checkpoint Modulators

New research offers insights into the connection between regulatory T cells and ILC3-driven colitis, suggesting opportunities for checkpoint modulation therapies. Researchers at Merck and the University of Bern explored the role of FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Treg cells) in innate lymphoid cell 3 (ILC3)-driven colitis. The researchers found that Treg cells inhibited production of the pro-inflammatory cytokines which drive ILC3 production of interleukin 22 (IL-22). They identified...

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Humanizing the gut microbiota of mice: Opportunities and challenges

On August 8, 2018, Randi Lundberg, DVM, PhD published a review paper titled, Humanizing the gut microbiota of mice: Opportunities and challenges in the journal, Laboratory Animals. The author acknowledges the need for in vivo models to study the human microbiome's interaction with a biologically relevant host. Mice are one of the most popular animal models used in biomedical research and have been adopted as one of...

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Webinar Q&A — Nested Isolation

In a recent webinar, Dr. Alex Rodriguez-Palacios of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine discussed the use of a new, low-cost caging system for conducting microbiome research in rodents. The speaker shared their experience with the NesTiso system and discussed: How NesTiso makes gnotobiotic research simple and practical How to inexpensively verify the germ-free status of your models How the portability of NesTiso systems accelerate gnotobiotic...

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