Flow Cytometry Applications

Flow Cytometry is an extremely effective method of recognizing and assessing characteristics of cells or particles. There are a large number of research applications for flow cytometry:

Key Flow Applications

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    Immunophenotyping is the characterization of cells based on the expression of genes and combinations of genes. Flow cytometry can be used to quantify the number and proportion of specific cell types in a heterogeneous mixture, by examining the expression of proteins often expressed on the surface of cells. This information can then be used to diagnose and classify diseases, monitor the effectiveness of treatment, and study the immune system.

    Learn About Immunophenotyping

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    Cell Sorting

    Flow cytometry may be used to separate and sort cells based on various detectable characteristics, which has many uses in research. Some examples of applications of cell sorting include: purifying transfected cells based on the expression of a fluorescent reporter gene and separating single cells prior to single cell RNAseq.


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    Cell Proliferation Assays

    Cell proliferation assays measure the often rapid expansion of a cell population. Important in homeostasis, it is also used to measure the activation of T cells that results in rapid clonal expansion.

    Find Out More about Cell Proliferation Assays

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    Cell Cycle Analysis

    Cell cycle analysis is the process of measuring the DNA content of cells in order to determine stages of the cell cycle. It is used in a variety of applications, such as the study of cancer, the development of new drugs, and the monitoring of treatment response.

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    Apoptosis or programmed cell death is a complex but fundamental cellular process important in the development, growth, and homeostasis of multicellular organisms. It is essential for removing old, damaged, or infected cells.

    Explore Apoptosis Flow Cytometry

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    Transfection Efficiency

    Transfection efficiency is the percentage of cells that take up and express a foreign gene. It is an important parameter in molecular biology, as it determines the success of gene transfer experiments.

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Specialist Flow Applications

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    Automated High-Throughput Screening

    Therapeutics development, antibody screening, and biomarker discovery demand maximal productivity to reduce time-to-results, which can greatly benefit from high-throughput, high parametric flow analysis interfaced with robotic automation.

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    Exosome Detection

    Exosome Detection

    Learn the principles of exosome detection using flow cytometry, and access a range of useful resources on small particle analysis, including a handy protocol.

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    CAR T-cell characterization

    CAR T-Cell Development

    CAR T-cell therapy is a groundbreaking therapy that uses modified cells from the body's immune system to attack disease-causing cells. The current focus for this therapy centers around killing cancer cells.

    Learn about CAR T-Cell Development

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    Cancer Research by Flow Cytometry

    Cancer Research with Flow Cytometry

    Flow cytometry is a key technology in the field of cancer research, but presents challenges for flow cytometry instrumentation, especially when studying solid tumors or dealing with a high volume of samples.

    Explore Solutions for Cancer Research

Innovative Flow Cytometry Instrument

To successfully carry out a large proportion of the applications mentioned above, you will need a high performance flow cytometer such as the ZE5 Cell Analyzer.

ZE5 Cell Analyzer

ZE5 Cell Analyzer

Critical for helping scientists accelerate scientific and drug discoveries in both academia and industry, the ZE5 Cell Analyzer is a high performance, automation-ready flow cytometer with the ideal combination of high-throughput screening and high parameter cell analysis capabilities.

  • Integrated sample loader supporting tube racks and multiple plate formats without hardware exchange
  • Up to 5 lasers, 27 colors that enable panel design flexibility
  • Acquisition at up to 100,000 events per second without data abort
  • Process 384-well plates in less than 50 min and 96-well plates in less than 15 min in high-throughput mode
  • Sensitive small particle detector for exosome analysis
  • Device-agnostic API for integration with any laboratory robotic system
  • Future proofing with a variety of optical and fluidic upgrade options

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ZE5 Cell Analyzer Application Examples

This high performance flow cytometer is designed to meet a broad range of application needs. Check out these examples to learn how the ZE5 Cell Analyzer has helped scientists obtain more high quality results in less time from a variety of research areas.


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