fbpx
SKIP TO MAIN CONTENT

TSC Alert

TSC Biosamples Available at No Cost to Researchers

Are you looking for samples from TSC patients to use in your lab? The TSC Biosample Repository has a growing collection of samples tied to phenotypic data. In most cases, we can ship these samples at no charge to the investigator.

To date, we have shipped 1,102 samples for use in diverse projects, ranging from quantification of sphingolipids in plasma to investigating mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy.

As of June 1, 2021, the TSC Biosample Repository has collected:

  • 359 buccal cell samples for DNA isolation
  • 494 blood samples from which plasma and white blood cells have been isolated
  • 42 tissue samples:
  • 410 blood samples and 389 DNA samples from TSC Clinical Research Consortium projects, some of which may be available via application to the projects’ Biosample Use Committee
  • 83 tissue samples from the Maryland Brain and Tissue Bank

Visit the TSC Biosample Repository web page for details on specific tissue samples available.

Because biosamples are linked to data in the Natural History Database, applicants may request subsets of biosamples based on clinical phenotypes, age, sex, etc., to compare, for example, samples from individuals with TSC who developed angiomyolipomas at different ages or not at all. Additional data from the Natural History Database relevant to the project may be requested for each sample, as well.

In addition to patient samples, we also have a license to distribute the TSC1- and TSC2-knockout HEK293T cell lines from the Nellist laboratory at Erasmus MC to researchers in the Americas.

If you would like to request biosamples, please follow the instructions on our Biosample Repository page. We encourage you to discuss your project’s goals and biosample needs with Zoë Fuchs prior to starting the application.