CD138+ Plasma Cell Isolation Kit, mouse

Plasma Cell Isolation Kit
, mouse

The CD138
Plasma Cell Isolation Kit was developed for the isolation of CD138
antibody-secreting plasma cells
from spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow.

Background information

CD138 (Syndecan-1) is a heparan sulfate-rich integral membrane proteoglycan, which functions as a matrix receptor for interstitial collagens, fibronectin, and thrombospondin. CD138 is predominantly expressed on the surface of epithelial cells in mature mouse tissues.
Its expression on cells of the B cell lineage correlates with their developmental stage, location, and adhesion. In mice, CD138 is expressed on pre-B and immature B lymphocytes in the bone marrow. It is lost when B cells emigrate into the periphery, is absent on circulating and peripheral B cells, and is re-expressed upon B cell differentiation into plasmablasts and plasma cells.

Detailed separation procedure

The isolation of mouse plasma cells is performed in a two-step procedure. First, non-plasma cells are indirectly magnetically labeled with a cocktail of biotin-conjugated antibodies and Anti-Biotin MicroBeads. The labeled cells are subsequently depleted by separation over a MACS® Column. In the second step, plasma cells are directly labeled with CD138 MicroBeads and isolated by positive selection from the pre-enriched cell fraction. The magnetically labeled plasma cells are retained on the column and eluted after removal of the column from the magnetic field. To achieve highest purities, the positively selected cell fraction, containing the plasma cells, is separated over a second column.

Downstream applications

plasma cells isolated with the CD138
Plasma Cell Isolation Kit can be used to analyze molecular pathways of signal transduction or gene expression profiling. Furthermore, they are suitable for studies on plasma cell dysfunctions, e.g. in allergy, asthma, autoimmunity, or infectious diseases and migrational behaviour of plasma cells.


For the first magnetic separation (depletion): LD or autoMACS
Columns. For the second magnetic separation (positive selection): MS or autoMACS Columns.
  • Selected references

    1. Wehrli et al. (2001) Changing responsiveness to chemokines allows medullary plasmablasts to leave lymph nodes. Eur. J. Immunol. 13: 609-616
    2. Kim, C. W. et al. (1994) Members of the syndecan family of heparan sulfate proteoglycans are expressed in distinct cell-, tissue-, and development-specific patterns. Mol. Biol. Cell 5: 797-805
    3. Sanderson et al. (1989) B lymphocytes express and lose syndecan at specific stages of differentiation. Cell Regul. 1: 27-35
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for 2×
total cells
EUR 750,00 

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