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Cytometry

Simultaneous detection of beta-galactosidase activity and surface antigen expression in viable haematopoietic cells.


PMID 7851157

Abstract

The quantitation of intracellular beta-galactosidase activity has been described for viable cells. By using the fluorogenic substrate fluorescein-di-beta-D-galactopyranoside (FDG) in conjunction with flow cytometry, the proportion of positive cells as well as the level of expression can be determined. In this paper we describe beta-galactosidase expression in lymphoid and myeloid cells from transgenic mice that widely express beta-galactosidase from an inserted lacZ transgene. Both foetal and adult haematopoietic tissues are able to express beta-galactosidase. The intracellular fluorescence reflecting beta-galactosidase activity can be readily combined with fluorescently labelled antibodies against cell surface antigens. Thus, beta-galactosidase can be used as a marker in transplantation experiments to study the development of lymphoid and myeloid precursor cells.