NK Cell project


Chicken immunity NK Cell

 

Introduction to the project

In context of the first edition of Immuno Valley's Open Innovation event AtoB day®, four “burning” business-related research questions from Immuno Valley partners were discussed with about 30 participants. Four groups were formed, each focusing on one of the questions. Finally, two expert teams submitted a project proposal for a feasibility study.

After evaluation by the independent Advisory Board, the proposal “NK-CELL” written by Christine Jansen (Utrecht University) and Annemarie Rebel (Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad), and answer seeker Theo Kanellos (Zoetis) was selected to be presented during the grand finale on June 11, 2015.

The winning proposal was a response to the question submitted by Zoetis: “How do we effectively enhance the development of chick embryos (including their immune system)?”. The feasibility study NK-CELL entails the identification of a role for Natural Killer cells (NK-cells) as biomarkers for the developing innate immune system in chickens. 

Project Aim

NK-CELL aims to determine if NK-cells can be used as biomarkers for the developing innate immune system in chickens. This knowledge could potentially be exploited to monitor the effect of measures aimed at enhancing chicken embryo development in general, and their immune system in particular. 

Facts & Figures

Christine Jansen (Utrecht University) and Annemarie Rebel (Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Lelystad) received the AtoB day Grant of 40,000 Euro as partial subsidy for the planned studies. This amount was matched with 60,000 Euro co-financing by Zoetis.

Partners:

Utrecht University; Wageningen Bioveterinary Research; Zoetis