MesobanK UK: an international mesothelioma bioresource

Thorax. 2016 Apr;71(4):380-2. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207496. Epub 2015 Oct 14.


Malignant pleural mesothelioma causes the greatest societal burden of all the asbestos-related diseases. Progress in better understanding tumour biology will be facilitated by the availability of quality-assured annotated tissue. MesobanK has been created to establish a bioresource of pleural mesothelioma tissue linked to detailed anonymised clinical data. When complete, the bioresource will comprise a 750-patient tissue microarray and prospectively collected tissue, blood and pleural fluid from 300 patients with mesothelioma. Twenty-six new cell lines have also been developed. MesobanK meets all appropriate ethical and regulatory procedures and has recently opened to requests for tissue and data.

Keywords: Asbestos Induced Lung Disease; Histology/Cytology; Mesothelioma; Pleural Disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Specimen Banks / organization & administration*
  • Biological Specimen Banks / standards
  • Biological Specimen Banks / trends
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration
  • Foundations / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Lung Neoplasms* / economics
  • Mesothelioma* / economics
  • Mesothelioma, Malignant
  • Pleural Neoplasms* / economics
  • United Kingdom