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The Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of evolutionarily ancient Patten Recognition Receptors (PRRs) that rapidly detect microbial infection and stimulate the production of pro-inflammatory and antiviral cytokines and chemokines, as well as initiating significant metabolic shifts within the cell. Acting as cellular sentinels for infectious threats, signalling downstream of TLRs sets the stage for successful development of adaptive immunity 1.

Functional genomic screening allows for the elucidation of the mechanism of action of exogenous agents which modulate intracellular gene function such as pharmaceutical agents and other compounds. Read about the various considerations, approaches and interpretations when conducting a screen to investigate novel compounds and analyzing the screening data.

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