Oct 1, 1977

Quantitation of cellular deoxyribonucleic acid by flow microfluorometry

The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
P B CoulsonR Lenarduzzi


This report characterizes for the first time an easy, reproducible means of standardizing the relative fluorescent units normally reported for flow microfluorometry. Absolute values for deoxyribonucleic acid/cell are obtained by using nucleated red blood cells as references. Cell were selected and characterized for the quantitative analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid per cell over a range from 2 pg/cell to 93 pg/cell using literature values for species having nucleated erythrocytes. Fluorescence staining by either acridine-orange (green wavelength) or propidium iodide (red wavelength) gave linear curves over the entire range investigated only when "gain controls" and current are optimized. The range was equivalent to mammalian cell values from 1 N (=3.5 pg deoxyribonucleic acid/cell) to 28 N (=91 pg deoxyribonucleic acid/cell). The standard curves obtained with nonmammalian erythrocytes were compared to mammalian free-cell preparations of bovine thymus and liver cells which fell at 6.8 and 6.9 pg deoxyribonucleic acid/cell, respectively. The routine use of these easily obtainable red blood cells will allow ready comparisons on the basis of absolute values for deoxyribonucleic acid per cell for work between experiments, work betwe...Continue Reading

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Rana pipiens
Flow Cytometry
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Neoplasm of Uncertain or Unknown Behavior of Thymus
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