In Situ Quantitative Immunoprofiling of Regulatory T Cells Using Laser Scanning Cytometry

H. Takahashi, P. Ruiz, C. Ricordi, A. Miki, A. Mita, S. Barker, A. Tzakis, H. Ichii

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Laser scanning cytometry (iCys; CompuCyte, Cambridge, Mass) has recently been developed to use fluorescence-based quantitative measurements on tissue sections or other cellular preparations at a single-cell level. The purpose of this study was to develop objective, quantitative immunoprofiling of regulatory T cells (T regs) on formalin-fixed/paraffin-embedded (FFPE) biopsy samples from transplanted allografts using iCys. We sought to evaluate the usefulness of iCys to analyzes the population of CD4 (+) Foxp3 (+) T regs among CD4 (+) T-cell and the entire T-cell (the total of CD4 [+] and CD8 [+] populations in human intestinal allograft biopsy samples. Primary antibodies (Foxp3 and CD4) which had been labeled using Alexa Fluoro 488 (Foxp3 Alexa488) and 647 (CD4 Alexa647) with polymer horseradish peroxidase and catalyzed signal amplification were incubated on 1 section. On the other section, CD8 and CD4 were labeled using Alexa488 and Alexa647 using the same protocol. Data acquisition was performed using iCys. The signal intensities of Alexa488 and Alexa647 were sufficient to analyze by iCys. Distribution of the integrals of Alexa488 and Alexa647 to visualize each cell population enabled calculation of the population of T reg among CD4 (+) T cells, CD4 (+) T cells among total T cells, and T reg among entire T cells. iCys and signal amplified immunofluorescent staining allowed objective uantitative immunoprofiling of in situ T reg populations, with precise quantitative analysis at a single-cell level on FFPE sections. This objective method may be applied on biopsy samples from various transplanted organs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-239
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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