Immunophenotyping of basophils from mouse spleen using flow cytometry

Miltenyi Biotec-tested panel 16 (MBTP 16)

This application protocol describes the flow cytometric analysis of basophils after spleen dissociation from healthy C57BL/6 mice. Mouse spleens are easily dissociated using the gentleMACS™ Dissociators to quickly obtain viable single cell suspensions ready for flow cytometric analysis.

Protocol

Labeling of cells with Viobility™ Fixable Dye

  • Viobility Fixable Dye was reconstituted in advance. The vial was warmed up to room temperature to avoid water condensation. One vial of lyophilized Viobility Fixable Dye was reconstituted by addition of 100 µL anhydrous DMSO to the dye vial and mixed until completely dissolved. The solution was aliquoted and stored at –20 °C under anhydrous (desiccant) conditions and protected from light for up to one month.
  • Volumes given below were for up to 107 nucleated cells. When working with fewer than 107 cells, use the same volumes as indicated. When working with higher cell numbers, scale up all reagent volumes and total volumes accordingly (e.g. for 2×107 nucleated cells, use twice the volume of all indicated reagent volumes and total volumes).
  1. Cell number was determined.
  2. Cells were washed by addition of 1 mL of 1× PBS and centrifuged at 300×g for 10 minutes. Supernatant was aspirated completely.
  3. Cells were resuspended in 100 µL of 1× PBS.
  4. 1 µL of Viobility Fixable Dye was added.
  5. Samples were mixed well and incubated for 15 minutes in the dark at room temperature.
    Note: Higher temperatures and/or longer incubation times may lead to non-specific cell labeling. Working on ice requires increased incubation times.
  6. Cells were washed by addition 1 mL PEB buffer and centrifuged at 300×g for 10 minutes. Supernatant was aspirated completely.
  7. Step 6 was repeated.
  8. Surface staining was performed.

Surface staining

  • Volumes given below were for up to 106 nucleated cells. When working with fewer than 106 cells, use the same volumes as indicated. When working with higher cell numbers, scale up all reagent volumes and total volumes accordingly (e.g. for 2×106 nucleated cells, use twice the volume of all indicated reagent volumes and total volumes).
  1. Cell number was determined.
  2. Cells were centrifuged at 300×g for 10 minutes. Supernatant was aspirated completely.
  3. A master mix with all antibodies was prepared according to the dilutions mentioned in the respective antibody data sheets.
  4. 100 µl antibody master mix was added to the cells.
  5. Cells were resuspended and incubated for 10 minutes in the dark at 4 °C.
  6. Cells were washed by addition of 1 mL of PEB buffer and centrifuged at 300×g for 5 minutes at 4 °C. Supernatant was aspirated completely.
  7. Cells were resuspended in 100 µL of PEB buffer and flow cytometric analysis was performed using the MACSQuant® Analyzer.

Materials

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