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Question about FCM dual labeling experimental design - (Dec/12/2007 )

Hi Guys,

I'm designing my first immunfluorescence experiment to verify the efficacy of my cell separation by magnetic sorting. I'm attempting to enrich an epithelial population from a mixed population of epithelial/immune cells. I'm utilizing two antibodies to do this. One which is a epithelial specific FITC conjugated antibody and another with is a pan-leukocyte PE conjugated antibody. The thing that I'm confused about is how I should be setting up my appropriate controls.

If I was planning on examining three populations of cells: pre-magnetic sort total cell fraction, post magnetic sort enriched epithelial population (positively selected), and post magnetic sort non-selected (everything else) for both these markers would I need to include 6 stained samples for each population for the FACS analysis?

1) Unstained
2) Isotype FITC
3) Isotype PE
4) Epithelial speciifc FITC
5) Leukocyte specific PE
6) Epithelial FITC + Leukocyte PE

Would that be necessary for each of the populations im examining? Or would 1-5 only be necessary for one sample (total fraction) to calibrate the instrument? Flow sorting would likely have been easier but we dont have a flow facility up and running yet and the MACS platform was readily available.

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Fot the FACS analyis, you only have to include three samples for the calibration of the flow cytometer .
- unstained cells
- PE staining
- FITC staining

I yould use the population where you expect the best and strongest labeling.

Then for each population I would do a dual labeling with specific FITC and PE antibodies, and I would add a control of specificity of the antibodies by labeling the positive populations with the isotype control