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Staining Procedure for Flow Cytometric Detection of Human Cyclins

This is a standard protocol used at Pharmingen for Quality Control testing of the anti-cyclin antibodies by flow cytometry. It is a good starting point. However, investigators may need to optimize protocols for their own experimental system. It is particularly useful to refer to the published literature regarding protocols typically used for a given type of protein.

12 x 75 mm test tubes, Pipetman pipettes (P-20, P-200 and P-1000), 50 ml conical tubes, Pipet tips, Tabletop centrifuge or equivalent, Permanent marker, Aspirator

Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS): (Cat. No. 21428A; 3 bottles of 125 ml each): 140 mM NaCl, 2.7 mM KCl, 10 mM Na2HPO4, 1.8 mM KH2PO4 dissolved in distilled, water. The pH has been adjusted to 7.2 using hydrochloric acid.
Wash Buffer: PBS/0.1% NaN 3 /1% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum. The pH of the Wash buffer should be 7.17.4.

REAGENTS: Wash buffer stored at 4C, 75% ethanol stored at 20C, Pure methanol stored at -20C, 1% formaldehyde (methanol-free) in PBS, stored at 4C, 0.25% Triton X-100 in Wash buffer, stored at 4C, propidium iodide (PI) solution: 10 g/ml PI in PBS, stored at 4C.






Harvest, count and pellet cells following standard procedures.


Wash cells once by resuspending the pellet in 30-40 ml of Wash buffer. Centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 min and aspirate supernatant.


While vortexing, add 10 ml cold 75% ethanol (for D1, use pure cold methanol), drop by drop, to the cell pellet.


Incubate at 20C for a minimum of 2 hr. The fixed cells can be stored at 20C in 75% ethanol for up to 30 days.

Note: For D-type cyclins (besides D1) the cells should first be fixed in 5 ml of 1% methanol-free formaldehyde in PBS for 15 min on ice (or at 4C) prior to fixation with ethanol. Following incubation with formaldehyde, centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 min and aspirate supernatant. Resuspend pellet in 30-40 ml Wash Buffer, centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 min and aspirate supernatant. Then go to Step No. 3 above.





Just prior to staining, remove ethanol by centrifugation at 200 x g for 10 min. Aspirate and wash once by resuspending pellet in 30-40 ml of Wash buffer. Centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 min. Aspirate supernatant.


Add 5 ml cold 0.25% Triton X-100 in Wash buffer to the cell pellet, vortex and incubate 5 min on ice (or at 4C).


Add 30-40 ml Wash buffer to the above suspension and centrifuge at 200 x g for 10 min. Aspirate supernatant.


Resuspend pellet in Wash buffer to a final concentration of 1 x 107 cells/ml.


Aliquot 100 ml cell suspension (1 x 106 cells) into 12 x 75 mm tubes for staining.


Add 20 ml of anti-cyclin or isotype control antibody at optimal working dilution. Incubate 30 min at RT in the dark.


Add 2 ml Wash buffer, centrifuge for 5 min at 200 x g. Aspirate supernatant.


If using directly conjugated isotype controls and mAbs, go to Step 10 below.


If using unconjugated isotype controls and mAbs, add 20 ml of FITC-conjugated goat anti-mouse Ig (Cat. No. 12064D) at optimal working dilution. Incubate 30 min at RT in the dark. Add 2 ml Wash buffer, centrifuge 5 min at 200 x g Aspirate supernatant.


Resuspend cell pellet in 0.5 ml PI solution for simultaneous analysis of DNA cell cycle and cyclin expression. Incubate cells at 4C in PI for 20 min prior to analyzing by flow cytometry. Analyze stained cells within 4 hr. Store at 4C in the dark prior to analysis.

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