Mass Cytometry pp 193-215 | Cite as

Mass Cytometric Cell Cycle Analysis

  • Gregory K. BehbehaniEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1989)


The regulated proliferation of cells is a critical factor in tumor progression, antineoplastic therapies, immune system regulation, and the cellular developmental of multicellular organisms. While measurement of cell cycle state by fluorescent flow cytometry is well established, mass cytometry allows the cell cycle to be measured along with large numbers of other antigens enabling characterization of the complex interactions between the cell cycle and wide variety of cellular processes. This method describes the use of mass cytometry for the analysis of cell cycle state for cells from three different sources: in vitro cultured cell lines, ex vivo human blood or bone marrow, and in vivo labeling of murine tissues. The method utilizes incorporation of 5-Iodo-2′-deoxyuridine (IdU), combined with measurement of phosphorylated retinoblastoma protein (pRb), Cyclin B1, and phosphorylated Histone H3 (pHH3). These measurements can be integrated into a gating strategy that enables clear separation of all five phases of the cell cycle.

Key words

Cell cycle Mass cytometry CyTOF Iodo-deoxyuridine Cyclin Retinoblastoma protein Phosphorylated Histone H3 Ki-67 



This chapter has been adapted from a previous chapter [10].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of HematologyThe Ohio State University and James Cancer HospitalColumbusUSA

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