Flow Cytometric Analysis

  • Paul F. McKay
Part of the Methods in Molecular Medicine book series (MIMM, volume 40)


Flow cytometry, as the name suggests, is the analysis of cells (which carry one or more fluorescent labels) moving in a fluid flow (1,2). This technique has become widely used because of the enormous increase in the number and range of specificities of antibodies to cell determinants. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies to both murine and human antigens, indeed antibodies that have a fluorochrome covalently attached (and which have already been tested in various assay systems), are readily commercially available.


Side Scatter Resuspend Cell Residual Medium Residual Fluid Minor Histocompatibility Antigen 
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Further Reading

  1. Shapiro, H. M. (1988) Practial Flow Cytometry, 3rd ed., Wiley-Liss Inc., New York. The Cytometry Journal.Google Scholar

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© Humana Press Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul F. McKay
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  1. 1.Department of Viral Pathogenesis, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Department of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBoston

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