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MT20-004: Characterization of myeloid cell phenotypes and frequencies in feline cancers and infectious disease

The immune system plays a pivotal role in how a pet cat will control disease and respond to therapy in many illnesses including cancer and viral infections.  A specific arm of the immune system includes cells designated as myeloid cells. Different types and subcategories of myeloid cells can be distinguished by a special technology called flow cytometry. Examination of these myeloid cells in feline cancer and infectious disease has been relatively limited. This study will develop and validate a panel that measures these cell types in healthy cats and in samples from cats with a particular cancer, feline oral squamous cell carcinoma. Later, this panel can be used to investigate other cancers and infectious disease like feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

Grant ID: MT20-004

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2020

Amount awarded: $20,000

Investigator: Ellen Sparger, University of California-Davis