05/28/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/28/2021 05:02
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have caught scientists' attention in recent years. These sub-micron particles are part of a vast cell-to-cell communication network within the body, delivering important biochemical signals from one cell to others.
To accomplish this task, EVs carry specific molecular cargo-RNA, DNA, and proteins -which scientists can use to gain insight into diseases and overall health. For instance, EVs derived from cancer cells are promising markers for distinguishing the type and stage of cancer, and EVs themselves may play a critical role in oncogenic signaling pathways.
For all of their potential, accessing the vital information EVs encapsulate is no easy task. Because EVs are so small-just 20 nm to 500 nm-they have been difficult to detect, isolate, and study with accuracy. Further, identifying the molecular cargo EVs are carrying requires the simultaneous detection of multiple analytes, which is typically performed with fluorochrome-conjugated antibodies and dyes targeted to specific components of the EV, as well as the proteins or nucleic acids it may be carrying.
To help solve these challenges, the Amnis® ImageStream®X Mk II Imaging Flow Cytometer empowers scientists to detect and characterize EVs with exceptional sensitivity. Our newly released High Gain mode for the ImageStreamX enables the accurate detection and enumeration of many types of EVs and viruses.
With High Gain mode, the time delay integration (TDI) CCD camera in the ImageStreamX uses a higher gain setting to increase the signal from small particles. A 400 mW 488 nm laser and increased photonic sensitivity supports the simultaneous measurement of up to 10 fluorophores-providing the opportunity to combine EV detection antibodies with dyes for multiple cargo elements.
By combining sensitivity, powerful detection, and a flexible configuration with up to 10 fluorochromes, the ImageStreamX Mk II Imaging Flow Cytometer enables a broad range of research applications. To learn more about the application of High Gain mode on the ImageStream, take a look at our recent application note.
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