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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Advantages of full spectrum flow cytometry
Author(s): Claire K. Sanders; Judith R. Mourant
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Paper Abstract

A charge coupled device-based flow-cytometer for the measurement of full spectra was implemented and characterized. The spectral resolution was better than 1.5 nm and the coefficient of variation for fluorescence from flow check beads was 5% or better. Both cell and bead data were analyzed by fitting to measured component spectra. Separation of flow check and align flow beads, which have similar spectra, was nearly identical whether using a spectral analysis or a scatter analysis. After mixing, cells stained with ethidium bromide or propidium iodide were measured at different timepoints. The contribution of these 12 nm separated emission spectra could be separately quantified and the kinetic process of the samples becoming homogeneous due to fluorophor dissociation and rebinding was observed. Principle component analysis was used to reduce noise and alternating least squares (ALS) was used to analyze one set of noise-reduced cell data without knowledge of the component spectra. The component spectra obtained via ALS are very similar to the measured component spectra. The contributions of ethidium bromide and propidium iodide to the individual spectra are also similar to those obtained via the spectral fitting procedure

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J. Biomed. Opt. 18(3) 037004 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.3.037004
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 18, Issue 3, March 2013
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Claire K. Sanders, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Judith R. Mourant, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


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