Curiox Joins NIST Flow Cytometry Standards Consortium
The collaboration will support standardization efforts in live cell analysis to improve and accelerate the development of next-generation therapies, vaccines, and biomanufacturing.
According to NIST, the Flow Cytometry Standards Consortium was launched in December 2020 “to accelerate the adoption of quantitative flow cytometry in biomanufacturing of cell and gene therapies.” Technical Lead and NIST Senior Scientist Lili Wang, Ph.D. described the consortium’s mission in a recent Photonics article as, “[providing] a neutral forum for stakeholders in the biotechnology and health care sectors to identify and address common measurement challenges, exchange ideas, and jointly accelerate the development of standards and reference materials for quantitative flow cytometry.”
In support of the Consortium’s mission, Curiox will contribute its expertise and fully turnkey sample prep automation solution, the Laminar Wash AUTO1000 system to facilitate the adoption of universal flow cytometry methodology. Additionally, Curiox Vice President David Choiniere will serve on the Consortium Steering Committee overseeing research activities and progress, with the goal of publishing collective results.
As part of the Consortium, Curiox hopes to address challenges in flow cytometry faced by the biomanufacturing community, notably reproducibility, comparability, and accurate quantitation. Curiox and NIST scientists will collaboratively develop automated sample preparation protocols to characterize common immunotherapy cell types, as well as utilize critical reagents and additional measurement capabilities beyond flow cytometry.
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In a recent collaboration between Cerevance in Cambridge and Curiox Biosystems, brain nuclei were processed for single cell sequencing.
Benefits of using Laminar Wash were:
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- retained stain index at 0.5x antibody quantities
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Laminar Wash technology replaces centrifugation based wash of cell suspensions for flow cytometry, mass cytometry and single cell genomics/proteogenomics.
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- Walk-away time is drastically reduced from 25 to 5 min
- Hands-on time will decline hugely
- Simplicity of workflow is greatly improved
Next Generation Cell Recovery for Immuno-Oncology
Scientists from Charles River Laboratories and Curiox Biosystems collaborated to characterize the performance and workflow of Laminar Wash™ systems in isolating and preparing tumor infiltrating leukocytes (TILs) from anti-PD1-challenged CT26 mice, as a model system.
Compared to conventional centrifuge-based methods, Laminar Wash technology:
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- Reduced inter-operator variation in TIL recovery
- Shortened labor-intensive hands-on washing steps
The novel Laminar Wash system represents an elegant, reproducible, and partially automated approach to recovering viable and well-defined TIL subpopulations for quantification and analysis by multicolor flow cytometry.
Developing a 43 Color Panel on Cytek Aurora Using Laminar Wash for Sample Prep
Successfully executing a 43 color panel is a technically demanding task. One that is made more difficult when there are confounding issues like non-specific binding and cell debris.
The methods described in this new publication in Cytometry Part A show that the preparation of the samples was very similar to traditional cell staining with the exception that Laminar Wash Technology was used to prepare the cells in addition to the large number of antibody types used. Because the results that were presented showed incredibly high reproducibility, including at low cell numbers, it would seem safe to posit that preparing cells with Laminar Wash technology is key in providing quality reproducible data.
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KG1a CD34+ cells were infected at MOI 5 (5 viral particles per cell) using a HIV-SFFV-GFP lentivirus in presence of viral enhancers at the recommend doses. 72 hours after transduction, % of GFP positive cells (A) and total intensity (B) were analyzed by flow cytometry.
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Reporter gene mRNAs: ideal controls to study transfection efficiency
Genome editing mRNA: Cas9 mRNA for CRISPR Genome editing
Vaccine mRNAs: ideal as controls for immunization or vaccine studies
Lullaby Stem siRNA Transfection Reagent
Lullaby Stem siRNA Transfection Reagent is ideal for gene silencing in Stem Cells. Lullaby Stem enables siRNA and miRNA transfection of multipotent and embryonic stem cells with high efficiency and very low toxicity. Its lipid-specific formulation protects small RNA from extracellular degradation, transports them across cell membranes and efficiently releases them into stem cell cytoplasm according to the TEE-technology.
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CaLiVax DOTAP cationic lipid-based composition for liposome-mediated DNA or protein vaccines.
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In the recent webinar, Curiox, Biolegend and ImmunAI presented data on increased cell retention compared to centrifugation, higher signal-to-noise ratios and time savings.
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* Plank et al , Adv. Drug Deliv. Rev. (2011), 63(14-15):1300-31
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Laminar Wash Sample Preparation for Single-Cell Sequencing
Single-cell genomics is rapidly growing. Nature Methods named multimodal omics the method of the year for 2019. And as more scientists use single-cell techniques, they find that sample preparation is very important to achieve high-quality data.
Single cell sequencing can suffer from poor data quality due to clumping of cells, incomplete washing of cells leaving cell-free nucleic acids, and poor retention of low numbers of cells. Washing via centrifugation causes stress on the cells in samples and can cause erroneous gene expression results.
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By using the Laminar Wash system scientists can see time savings and less manual manipulation.
Laminar Wash systems can wash cells without putting stress on cells that may impact gene expression, cell integrity and viability.
Nuclei Isolation Using Laminar Wash
PBMCs were lysed in bulk in tube with Lysis Buffer, quenched with Wash Buffer and centrifuged
Cells are further either washed twiced in tube by centrifuge, OR plated in Laminar Wash plate to settle for 20min, washed 7x in a Laminar Wash HT1000 System with PBS + 0.04% BSA
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CAR-T cell therapy biotech company AdiCet Bio improved data by automating of a part of their flow cytometry assay. They saw improved consistency and are planning full automation using a Laminar Wash™ system.
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Off-Target Effects; Causes, Extent & Impact
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