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FCMPASS software aids extracellular vesicle light scatter standardization’

FCMPASS software aids extracellular vesicle light scatter standardization’
FCMPASS software aids extracellular vesicle light scatter standardization’
The study of extracellular vesicles (EVs) is a rapidly growing field due to their great potential in many areas of clinical medicine including diagnostics, prognostics, theranostics, and therapeutics. Flow cytometry is currently one of the most popular methods of analysing EVs due to it being a high-throughput, multi-parametric technique, that is readily available in the majority of research labs. Despite its wide use, few commercial flow cytometers are designed specifically for the detection of EVs. Many flow cytometers used for EV analysis are working at their detection limits and are unable to detect the majority of EVs. Currently, very little standardisation exists for EV flow cytometry which is an issue because flow cytometers vary considerably in the way they collect scattered or fluorescent light from particles being interrogated. This makes published research hard-to-interpret, compare,and in some cases, impossible to reproduce. Here we demonstrate a method of flow cytometer light scatter standardisation, utilising flow cytometer post-acquisition analysis software (FCMPASS). FCMPASS is built upon Mie theory and enables the approximation of flow cytometer geometric parameters either by analyzing beads of known diameter and refractive index or by inputting the collection angle if known. The software is then able to create a scatter-diameter curve and scatter-refractive index curve that enables researchers to convert scattering data and instrument sensitivity into standardised units. Furthermore, with the correct controls, light scatter data can be converted to diameter distributions or refractive index distributions. FCMPASS therefore offers a freely available and ergonomic method of standardizing and further extending EV characterization using flow cytometry.
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Welsh, Joshua, Horak, Peter, Wilkinson, James, Ford, Verity J., Jones, Jennifer C., Smith, David, Holloway, Judith and Englyst, Nicola (2019) FCMPASS software aids extracellular vesicle light scatter standardization’. Cytometry Part A. (doi:10.1002/cyto.a.23782).

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Abstract

The study of extracellular vesicles (EVs) is a rapidly growing field due to their great potential in many areas of clinical medicine including diagnostics, prognostics, theranostics, and therapeutics. Flow cytometry is currently one of the most popular methods of analysing EVs due to it being a high-throughput, multi-parametric technique, that is readily available in the majority of research labs. Despite its wide use, few commercial flow cytometers are designed specifically for the detection of EVs. Many flow cytometers used for EV analysis are working at their detection limits and are unable to detect the majority of EVs. Currently, very little standardisation exists for EV flow cytometry which is an issue because flow cytometers vary considerably in the way they collect scattered or fluorescent light from particles being interrogated. This makes published research hard-to-interpret, compare,and in some cases, impossible to reproduce. Here we demonstrate a method of flow cytometer light scatter standardisation, utilising flow cytometer post-acquisition analysis software (FCMPASS). FCMPASS is built upon Mie theory and enables the approximation of flow cytometer geometric parameters either by analyzing beads of known diameter and refractive index or by inputting the collection angle if known. The software is then able to create a scatter-diameter curve and scatter-refractive index curve that enables researchers to convert scattering data and instrument sensitivity into standardised units. Furthermore, with the correct controls, light scatter data can be converted to diameter distributions or refractive index distributions. FCMPASS therefore offers a freely available and ergonomic method of standardizing and further extending EV characterization using flow cytometry.

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Submitted date: 13 December 2018
Accepted/In Press date: 4 April 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 28 June 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430812
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430812
ISSN: 1552-4922
PURE UUID: a11bbc89-f153-4375-b60d-11c08a5d6fe8
ORCID for Joshua Welsh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1097-9756
ORCID for Peter Horak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8710-8764
ORCID for James Wilkinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4712-1697
ORCID for Judith Holloway: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2268-3071
ORCID for Nicola Englyst: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0508-8323

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Date deposited: 14 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:59

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