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Tolerogenic dendritic cell reporting: Has a minimum information model made a difference?

Lookup NU author(s): Ayesha Sahar, Ioana Nicorescu, Professor Catharien Hilkens, Dr Phillip Lord



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Copyright 2023 Sahar et al. Minimum information models are reporting frameworks that describe the essential information that needs to be provided in a publication, so that the work can be repeated or compared to other work. In 2016, Minimum Information about Tolerogenic Antigen-Presenting cells (MITAP) was created to standardize the reporting on tolerogenic antigen-presenting cells, including tolerogenic dendritic cells (tolDCs). tolDCs is a generic term for dendritic cells that have the ability to (re-)establish immune tolerance; they have been developed as a cell therapy for autoimmune diseases or for the prevention of transplant rejection. Because protocols to generate these therapeutic cells vary widely, MITAP was deemed to be a pivotal reporting tool by and for the tolDC community. In this paper, we explored the impact that MITAP has had on the tolDC field. We did this by examining a subset of the available literature on tolDCs. Our analysis shows that MITAP is used in only the minority of relevant papers (14%), but where it is used the amount of metadata available is slightly increased over where it is not. From this, we conclude that MITAP has been a partial success, but that much more needs to be done if standardized reporting is to become common within the discipline.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sahar A, Nicorescu I, Barran G, Paterson M, Hilkens CMU, Lord P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: PeerJ

Year: 2023

Volume: 11

Online publication date: 31/05/2023

Acceptance date: 13/04/2023

Date deposited: 27/07/2023

ISSN (electronic): 2167-8359

Publisher: PeerJ Inc.


DOI: 10.7717/peerj.15352


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BBSRC/GSK Case studentship
European Union Horizon 2020