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High-throughput magnetic flow sorting of human cells selected on the basis of magnetophoretic mobility
Author(s): Lisa M. Reece; Lehanna Sanders; David Kennedy; Byron Guernsey; Paul Todd; James F. Leary
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Paper Abstract

We have shown the potential of a new method for optimizing the separation of human stem cell subsets from peripheral blood based on a novel cell labeling technique that leverages the capabilities of a new commercially available high speed magnetic cell sorting system (IKOTECH LLC, New Albany, IN). This new system sorts cells in a continuously flowing manner using a Quadrupole Magnetic cell Sorter (QMS). The sorting mechanism is based upon the magnetophoretic mobility of the cells, a property related to the relative binding distributions of magnetic particles per cell, as determined by the utilization of a Magnetic Cell Tracking Velocimeter (MCTV). KG-1 cells were competitively labeled with anti-CD34 magnetic beads and anti-CD34 FITC to obtain an optimal level of magnetophoretic mobility as visualized by the MCTV for high throughput sort recovery in the QMS. In QMS sorting, the concept of split-flow thin channel (SPLITT) separation technology is applied by having a sample stream enter a vertical annular flow channel near the channel's interior wall followed by another sheath flow entering near the exterior wall. The two flows are initially separated by a flow splitter. They pass through the bore of a Halbach permanent quadrupole magnet assembly, which draws magnetized cells outward and deflects them into a positive outflow, while negative cells continue straight out via the inner flow lamina. QMS sorts cells based upon their magnetophoretic mobility, or the velocity of a cell per unit ponderomotive force, the counterpart of fluorescence intensity in flow cytometry. The magnetophoretic mobility distribution of a cell population, measured by automated MCTV, is used as input data for the algorithmic control of sample, sheath, and outlet flow velocities of the QMS. In this study, the relative binding distributions of magnetic particles per cell were determined by MCTV using novel sorting and sizing algorithms. The resulting mobility histograms were used to set the QMS flow parameters so that desired cell populations could be selected on the basis of a mobility "window". The MCTV and the QMS are able to work together to provide good sort boundaries for cell populations that are mathematically defined as opposed to the traditional magnetic sort systems that solely rely on whether a cell is simply "magnetized" or not. One long-term application of this new high speed cell sorting system is to sterilely isolate large numbers of human stem cells directly from a donor's blood for subsequent manipulation in tissue culture for regenerative medicine within that same patient. This will eliminate the need for immune suppressive drugs in an autologous transplantation procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7568, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues VIII, 75680P (24 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842956
Show Author Affiliations
Lisa M. Reece, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Lehanna Sanders, Purdue Univ. (United States)
David Kennedy, Purdue Univ. (United States)
IKOTECH, LLC (United States)
Byron Guernsey, IKOTECH, LLC (United States)
Paul Todd, Techshot, Inc. (United States)
James F. Leary, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7568:
Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues VIII
Daniel L. Farkas; Dan V. Nicolau; Robert C. Leif, Editor(s)

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