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In compliance with regulations, the DeGowin Blood Center routinely uses leukocyte depletion filters, also called Leukocyte Reduction System (LRS) cones, to eliminate the contaminating leukocytes from blood products, such as red blood cells, at the point of collection. These LRS cones are a source of viable human white blood cells that can be used in research applications and are available from the DeGowin Blood Center free of charge. Below is a list of links to articles describing the characteristics and use of the cells obtained from the leukocyte reduction filters.
Please contact Judy Levitt at 356-1835 with technical questions regarding the LRS cones or Julie Happel at 356-4149 regarding the process for obtaining the LRS cones.
Cook MA, Jobson SE, Atkinson DC, et al. Used Leucodepletion Filters as a Source of Large Quantities of DNA Suitable for the Study of Genetic Variations in Human Populations. PDF Transfusion Medicine. 2003; 13:77-81.
Dietz AB, Bulur PA, Emery RL, et al. A Novel Source of Viable Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Leukoreduction System Chambers. PDF Transfusion. Dec. 2006; 46:2083-2089.
Ebner S, Neyer S, Hofer S, Nussbaumer W, Romani N, Heufler C. Generation of Large Numbers of Human Dendritic Cells from Whole Blood Passaged Through Leukocyte Removal Filters: An Alternative to Standard Buffy Coats. PDF Journal of Immunological Methods. 2001; 252:93-104.
Ivanovic Z, Duchez P, Morgan D, et al. Whole-blood Leukodepletion Filters as a Source of CD34+ Progenitors Potentially Usable in Cell Therapy. PDF Transfusion. Jan. 2006; 46:118-125.
Meyer TPH, Zehnter B, Hofmann B, et al. Filter Buffy Coats (FBC): A Source of Peripheral Blood Leukocytes Recovered from Leukocyte Depletion Filters. PDF Journal of Immunological Methods. 2005; 307:150-166.
Néron S, Thibault L, Dussault N, Côté G, et al. Characterization of Mononuclear Cells Remaining in the Leukoreduction System Chambers of Apheresis Instruments after Routine Platelet Collection: A New Source of Viable Human Blood Cells. PDF Transfusion. June 2007; 47: 1042-1049.
Néron S, Dussault N, Racine C. Whole-blood Leukoreduction Filters are a Source for Cryopreserved Cells for Phenotypic and Functional Investigations on Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes. PDF Transfusion. Apr. 2006;46:537-544.
Peytour Y, Villacreces A, Chevaleyre J, et al. Discarded Leukoreduction Filters: A New Source of Stem Cells for Research, Cell Engineering and Therapy? PDF Stem Cell Research (2013), 11, 736-742.
Strasser, EF. Recovery of White Blood Cells and Platelets from Leukoreduction System Chambers of Trima Accel and COBE Spectra Plateletpheresis Devices. PDF Transfusion. Oct. 2007; 1943-1945.
Teleron AA, Carlson B, Young PP. Blood Donor White Blood Cell Reduction Filters as a Source of Human Peripheral Blood-Derived Endothelial Progenitor Cells. PDF Transfusion. Jan. 2005; 45:21-25.
Weitkamp JH, Crowe JE Jr. Blood Donor Leukocyte Reduction Filters as a Source of Human B Lymphocytes. PDF BioTechniques. Sept. 2001; 31:464,466.