Analysis of Intracellular Trafficking of Dendritic Cell Receptors for Antigen Targeting

  • Haiyin Liu
  • Claire Dumont
  • Angus P. R. JohnstonEmail author
  • Justine D. MinternEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1423)


Antibody-targeted vaccination aims to efficiently deliver antigen to dendritic cells by targeting specific receptors at the cell surface. The choice of receptor depends on different factors, including their capacity to induce internalization of the delivered antigen/adjuvant cargo. Assays currently used to monitor internalization in dendritic cells have several limitations. We have developed a novel DNA-based probe that allows for simple and robust high-throughput analysis of internalization. Designed for flow cytometry, the probe can also be used for fluorescence microscopy to clearly distinguish internalized from surface-bound material. Here, we describe the steps for modifying material (antibodies, proteins) with the probe, undertaking the assay, and analyzing the data obtained from flow cytometry.

Key words

Dendritic cell Endocytosis Internalization Fluorescence Sensor Flow cytometry Antibodies Binding Receptor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology InstituteThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical SciencesMonash UniversityParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and TechnologyMonash UniversityParkvilleAustralia

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