Ready-to-use multiplex kits for flow cytometry

  • High-parameter measurements with up to 39 specificities at the same time
  • Perfect match with MACSQuant® Analyzers and Express Modes for fully automated experiment setup, acquisition, and analysis
  • Time-saving method compared to other flow cytometry-based multiplex assays

Available options

Overview of available MACSPlex Kits

Application categoryKit nameNumber of analytesTarget analytesMACSQuantify Software versionExpress Mode package
Human cytokinesMACSPlex Cytokine 12 Kit, human12IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-9, IL-10, IL-12, IL-17A, GM-CSF, IFN-α, IFN-γ, TNF-α2.5 and higher25.2.9990 and higher
Mouse cytokinesMACSPlex Cytokine 10 Kit, mouse10IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-12, IL-17A, IL-23, GM-CSF, IFN-γ, TNF-α2.5 and higher25.3.10934 and higher
Human cytotoxicityMACSPlex Cytotoxic T/NK Cell Kit, human12IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL17A, IL-21, GM-CSF, Granzyme B, IFN-γ, MCP-1, TNF-α, Perforincoming sooncoming soon
Human exosomesMACSPlex Exosome Kit, human37 exosome markers and 2 controlsCD3, CD4, CD19, CD8, HLA-DRDPDQ, CD56, CD105, CD2, CD1c, CD25, CD49e, ROR1, CD209, CD9, SSEA-4, HLA-ABC, CD63, CD40, CD62P, CD11c, CD81, MCSP, CD146, CD41b, CD42a, CD24, CD86, CD44, CD326, CD133/1, CD29, CD69, CD142, CD45, CD31, CD20, CD14REA Control, mIgG1 control2.8 and higher28.1.15443 and higher 
Human miRNAMACSPlex miRNA Kit - Cancer, human35 miRNAs and 4 controlsmiR-378b, miR-141-3p, miR-23a-3p, miR-17-5p, miR-20a-5p, miR-200a-3p, miR-29a-3p, miR-429, miR-143-3p, miR-21-5p, miR-19b-3p, miR-31-5p, let-7f-5p, miR-335-5p, miR-200b-3p, miR-34a-5p, let-7a-5p, miR-101-3p, miR-373-3p, miR-122-5p, miR-107, hsa.miR-30b-5p, miR-15b-5p, miR-520c-3p, miR-200c-3p, miR-9-5p, miR-23b-3p, let-7g-5p, miR-145-5p, let-7b-5p, miR-103a-3p, miR-10b-5p, miR-10b-5p, miR-16-5p, miR-126-3p, miR-15a-5pControl-4-Neg, Control-1-U6, Control-2-5.8S, Control-3-C42.6 and higher26.1.12747 and higher

Basic principle

Principle of MACSPlex assays
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MACSPlex assays are based on the fluorescent detection of MACSPlex (MPx) Capture Beads, which display defined fluorescence properties that can be identified using standard flow cytometry techniques. 

MPx Capture Beads contain a cocktail of various fluorescently labeled bead populations, each coated with a specific antibody that reacts to one analyte.

For some kits a labeling step with biotin-conjugated antibodies is added to enhance signal intensity. Finally, the detection reagent leads to a signal that is measurable by flow cytometry.

Please find kit-specific adaptations of the technology in the gallery tab of the respective product page.


For MACSPlex assays a flow cytometer with a blue (e.g. 488 nm) and a red (e.g. 635 nm) laser with the capability to detect FITC, PE, and APC is necessary. 

Analysis with MACSQuant Analyzers and Express Modes

Exemplary analysis and results using a MACSPlex Cytokine Kit
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When using the MACSQuant Analyzer 10 or MACSQuant X, our MACSplex Kits can be combined with fully automated Express Modes. 

By this, an automated gating strategy to populations of interest will be applied and the gates will be automatically adjusted for each data file individually to achieve optimal results. 

Furthermore, a one-click batch analysis of all samples belonging to one experiment can be performed to directly compare your data. The concentrations of each analyte will be presented as an exportale table as well as a ready-to-publish graph.

ExpressModes are compatible with the MACSQuant Analyzer 10 and MACSQuant X instruments and with the MACSQuantify™ Software already installed on your MACSQuant Analyzer. For the required software version, please refer to the table above. 

Analysis with other instruments

For all users running MACSPlex assays on a different flow cytometer, subsequent analysis can be performed on your computer. For this, you can use our Flowlogic™ Software in combination with the Beadlogic™ Add-on specifically developed to analyze multiplex assays. 

30-day trial versions are available for both Flowlogic Software and the Beadlogic Add-on

Additionally, third-party software can be used for analysis.


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Application note

General instructions for MACSPlex Cytokine Kits

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General instructions for MACSPlex miRNA Kit – Cancer

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Application note

MACSPlex Filter Plate calibration

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Fixation of exosomes on MACSPlex Exosome Capture Beads

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