Improved bone marrow differential method with DRAQ5
News Aug 27, 2008
Specifically, this no lyse, no wash method uses DRAQ5 to gate the nucleated cells and, importantly the authors state, "results in a more accurate representation of nucleated precursors and M/E ratio than lysis FC [flow cytometry] and, thus, may be used as a means to objectively and rapidly analyze bone marrow samples." It is apparent from the data that this no-lyse method give more reliable M/E ratios due to the improved retention of intact nucleated erythroid precursors. These cells appear to suffer from lysis in the comparable procedure relying on RBC lysis reagents. The spectral properties of DRAQ5 allow the use of FITC/PE antibody pairs and three colour analysis using only the 488nm laser excitation. Its ability to efficiently label the DNA of live cells allows its use as a nucleated cell gating parameter.