Multiplex cell fate tracking by flow cytometry

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Measuring differences in cell cycle progression is often essential to understand cell behavior under different conditions, treatments and environmental changes. Cell synchronization is widely used for this purpose, but unfortunately, there are many cases where synchronization is not an option. Many cell lines, patient samples or primary cells cannot be synchronized, and most synchronization methods involve exposing the cells to stress, which makes the method incompatible with the study of stress responses such as DNA damage. The use of dual-pulse labelling using EdU and BrdU can potentially overcome these problems, but the need for individual sample processing may introduce a great variability in the results and their interpretation. Here, we describe a method to analyze cell proliferation and cell cycle progression by double staining with thymidine analogues in combination with fluorescent cell barcoding, which allows one to multiplex the study and reduces the variability due to individual sample staining, reducing also the cost of the experiment.

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Volume 3
Issue number 3
Pages 50
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