Biomedical Uses of Flow Cytometry

  • James L. Weaver
  • Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson
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1. Definition of Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry is literally measuring cells or particles while they are moving in a liquid. More specifically, a suspension of single cells is labeled with one or several fluorescent labels. In the machine, the cells are constrained into single file. These cells pass through one or more laser beams to excite the fluorescent labels. The light emitted from the fluorescent labels is collected, separated, measured, and the resulting data transmitted to the computer controlling the instrument (Fig. 57.1). In addition, narrow angle and 90° light scatter from the laser beam are measured and the data are also sent to the computer. All of these values are recorded as correlated measurements for each cell separately. The data are displayed in the computer as single parameter histograms or two parameter plots (Fig. 57.2). The software allows populations to be identified and specific subpopulations selected for further analysis. The number and fraction of cells in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Weaver
    • 1
  • Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Pharmacology ResearchCDERWhite Oak
  2. 2.Laboratory of PathologyNCI, NIHBethesda

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