Influenza remains one of the most significant infectious diseases worldwide, causing acute respiratory tract illnesses and accounting for 25% of infections that exacerbate chronic lung infections. To date, several epidemics and four major influenza pandemics have been recorded. Influenza viruses have caused an estimated 3 million cases of serious illness and around 500,000 deaths annually worldwide. Influenza infections are primarily and effectively controlled by vaccines that elicit protective immunity. Influenza viruses undergo rapid antigenic shift and drift that results in the emergence of new strains each year. Therefore, influenza vaccines need to be reformulated every year to match the circulating strains. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the influenza virus and will explore the current treatment strategies for influenza infections. We will also highlight viral strains and associated materials offered by ATCC that can be used in influenza research or in the development and validation of novel preventative and therapeutic techniques.

ATCC® Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Enabling Research through Standards


Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide a powerful tool to model human disease in relevant cell types. iPSCs may be generated from patients of any genetic background, and possess the capacity to differentiate into almost any desired terminal cell type. In this webinar, we will focus on ATCC's approach in generating and providing standardized, quality controlled, and highly characterized human iPSCs lines with its complete culture systems. We will also highlight the characterization of LRRK2 Parkinson’s patient-derived iPSC lines by whole-exome sequencing.

STR DNA Profiling

The Standard for Cell Line Authentication


Misidentification of human cell lines is a common problem that leads to irreproducible research in the Life Sciences. Over the years, use of contaminated cell lines has increased due to poor techniques, inadequate authentication protocols, and sharing of false cell lines among researchers. These concerns can be readily resolved by the implementation of the Standard STR protocol –authentication of human cell lines by STR profiling. In this webinar, we will discuss the recent advances in STR profiling technologies and will delve into further detail on how the Standard STR protocol is transforming scientific practices.

Stimulated by the presence of emerging and re-emerging microbial threats, the need for molecular-based tests has significantly increased in the last few years. In turn, this has necessitated the use of standardized nucleic acids in clinical laboratories. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of molecular standards in the establishment of sensitivity, linearity, and specificity during assay validation or implementation, quality assurance, quality control, and proficiency testing, and how the use of standards can contribute to improvements in assay reproducibility and reliability.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women. New disease classifications, relevant signaling pathways, and genetic regulators of breast cancer have been identified over the past decade. To continue facilitating progress in basic research and drug discovery, ATCC provides breast cancer research resources. In this webinar, we will discuss triple negative breast cancer cell lines, breast cancer mouse models, and commonly used breast cancer in vitro models with in-depth genetic alteration and molecular profiles. We will also highlight cell lines that can be used to address recently identified genomic and clinical features of breast cancer subtypes.

hTERT Immortalized Cell Lines

Unique Tools for Physiologically Relevant Research


Human telomerase (hTERT) immortalized cell lines combine the properties of primary cells and the long culture life of continuous cell lines. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the ATCC hTERT Immortalized cell line collection, and will examine the use of immortalized renal epithelial cells, keratinocytes, and microvascular endothelial cell lines to demonstrate how hTERT immortalized cell lines can help investigators reach their goals.

Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

A Growing Superbug Population


In recent years, natural and societal selective pressures have led to the emergence of numerous antibiotic-resistant microbial strains, including multidrug- and pandrug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii. These strains have become a significant cause of nosocomial infection among immunologically compromised individuals, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. This presentation will provide an overview of this escalating problem and will explore the current techniques used to identify drug-resistant A. baumannii strains, available therapies, and remaining concerns.

Authentication and Characterization of Animal Cell lines

Towards Best Practices in Cell Culture


Over the years, numerous cell lines have been shown to be misidentified due in part to poor techniques, inadequate authentication protocols, and sharing of unauthenticated cell lines amongst researchers. Technological advances have given rise to improved capabilities. Cell line authentication and characterization now requires a comprehensive strategy that employs several complementary technologies for systematic testing for morphology, microbial contaminations, cellular cross-contamination, as well as functionality. An overview of the current technologies used to authenticate and characterize animal cell lines will be presented.

This webinar will provide an overview of the services that ATCC offers to the scientific community. We will also discuss the sophisticated approaches of utilizing Genetic Alteration Panels; cell lines which are grouped by tissue type or pathway mutation, hTERT immortalized cells, and the HEKPlus system for protein production.

Molecular Signature Panels

Powerful tools for the genomics age


Want to bring your research into the genomics age? In this webinar, we will describe the ATCC molecular signature panels, which were generated by combining together authenticated cell lines that contain critical gene copy number changes and site mutations identified by next-generation sequencing. These panels focus on key components of cell signaling pathways. The gene expression, protein expression and cellular localization of EGFR, AKT, PI3K, PTEN, p53, RAS, RAF, ERK, MYC and MET were studied and compared within a large number of cell lines with various genetic backgrounds.