Single-Cell Protein Assays: A Review

  • Beiyuan Fan
  • Junbo WangEmail author
  • Ying XuEmail author
  • Jian ChenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1754)


Quantification of single-cell proteomics provides key insights in the field of cellular heterogeneity. This chapter discusses the emerging techniques that are being used to measure the protein copy numbers at the single-cell level, which includes flow cytometry, mass cytometry, droplet cytometry, microengraving, and single-cell barcoding microchip. The advantages and limitations of each technique are compared, and future research opportunities are highlighted.

Key words

Single-cell protein assays Flow cytometry Mass cytometry Droplet cytometry Microengraving Single-cell barcoding microchip 



The authors would like to acknowledge the discussions with Xiufeng Li, Deyong Chen, and Dong Men and financial supports from the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, Grant No. 2014CB744600), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61431019, 61671430), Key Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences (QYZDB-SSW-JSC011), Natural Science Foundation of Beijing (4152056), Instrument Development Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing NOVA Program of Science and Technology, and Youth Innovation Promotion Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Institute of ElectronicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Pathophysiology, Key Laboratory of Cell Differentiation and Apoptosis of Ministry of EducationShanghai Jiao-Tong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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