Overview of Cell Synchronization

  • Gaspar BanfalviEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 761)


Widespread interest in cell synchronization is maintained by the studies of control mechanisms involved in cell cycle regulation. During the synchronization distinct subpopulations of cells are obtained representing different stages of the cell cycle. These subpopulations are then used to study regulatory mechanisms of the cycle at the level of macromolecular biosynthesis (DNA synthesis, gene expression, protein synthesis), protein phosphorylation, development of new drugs, etc. Although several synchronization methods have been described, it is of general interest that scientists get a compilation and an updated view of these synchronization techniques. This introductory chapter summarizes: (1) the basic concepts and principal criteria of cell cycle synchronizations, (2) the most frequently used synchronization methods, such as physical fractionation (flow cytometry, dielectrophoresis, cytofluorometric purification), chemical blockade, (3) synchronization of embryonic cells, (4) synchronization at low temperature, (5) comparison of cell synchrony techniques, (6) synchronization of unicellular organisms, and (7) the effect of synchronization on transfection.

Key words

Basic concepts of synchronization criteria of synchronization DNA staining DNA analysis C-value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbial Biotechnology and Cell BiologyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

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