Catholic University of Leuven - Articles and news items

The role of chemokines in type 1 diabetes: as assessed by RT-PCR

Issue 2 2008, Past issues / 19 March 2008 /

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, characterised by immune infiltration into the islets of Langerhans, resulting in the destruction of insulin producing b-cells. Over recent years, evidence has been collected on the important role of chemokines in the recruitment of immune cells leading to the pathology of this disease. In this review we discuss the findings on the role of chemokines, as obtained from animal studies. We will focus on the quantification of chemokines and chemokine receptors, making use of the innovative real-time quantitative PCR technique.

Real-time PCR: clinical applications

Issue 2 2006, Past issues / 24 March 2006 / Lut Overbergh and Chantal Mathieu, Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Endocrinology (LEGENDO), University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Catholic University of Leuven

The real-time PCR technique is one of the emerging techniques that, although only described for the first time about a decade ago, have become the method of choice for quantification of DNA and RNA levels in cells, tissues and tissue biopsies.

Analysing the monographs

Issue 3 2005, Past issues / 22 August 2005 / Erwin Adams, Ann Van Schepdael and Jos Hoogmartens, Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.)1 monographs are subject to regular adaptation in order to cope with progressing quality requirements. This contribution outlines the evolution in analytical requirements and techniques in monographs for organic substances. These monographs generally carry the subheadings definition, characters, identification, tests, assay and impurities.


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