SOURCE: Linkage Biosciences

Linkage Biosciences

December 09, 2013 11:00 ET

Linkage Biosciences Launches First Real-Time PCR KIR Test

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - Linkage Biosciences announced the launch of the first commercially available real-time PCR KIR genotyping test at the 39th annual meeting of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI). Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) are a family of cell surface receptors found on human Natural Killer (NK) cells with known associations to autoimmunity, viral progression, tumor immunity, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Understanding the role of these receptors could have significant clinical implications in the future. Linkage's new LinkSēq ™ KIR genotyping test dramatically simplifies laboratory workflows compared to previous KIR typing methods while providing clear and accurate results.

The HLA Laboratory at the City of Hope National Medical Center collaborated on early validation studies with Linkage and the resulting work was selected for presentation at ASHI's annual meeting. The laboratory concluded that Linkage's method was easy to perform and train personnel, and data analysis was simple and quick.

Linkage's homogeneous test can be run and analyzed on standard real-time PCR instrumentation without needing further analytical techniques required by other tests. Linkage's test identifies all the major KIR genes including specific variants in 2DL1, 3DL1, and others. 

"The LinkSēq system provides a tremendous advance for molecular KIR typing," said Zachary Antovich, CEO of Linkage Biosciences. "We are excited by this latest product launch and look forward to continuing our efforts to enable and accelerate critical immunology research in transplantation and infectious disease."

LinkSēq is for Research Use Only. Not for Use in Diagnostic Procedures.

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