High-parameter immune profiling with CyTOF

Sahaf, B., Rahman, A., Maecker, H.T. et al.

Mass cytometry, or CyTOF, is a useful technology for high-parameter single-cell phenotyping, especially from suspension cells such as blood or PBMC. It is particularly appealing to monitor the systemic immune changes that could accompany cancer immunotherapy. Here we present a reference panel for identification of all major immune cell populations, with flexibility for addition of trial-specific markers. We also describe best-practice measures for minimizing and tracking batch variability. These include: sample barcoding, use of spiked-in reference cells, and lyophilization of the antibody cocktail. Our protocol assumes the use of cryopreserved PBMC, both for convenience of batching samples and for maximum comparability across patients and time points. Finally, we show an option for automated analysis using the Astrolabe platform (Astrolabe Diagnostics, Inc.).


Sahaf, B., Rahman, A., Maecker, H.T. et al. "High-parameter immune profiling with CyTOF" Biomarkers for Immunotherapy of Cancer (2019): 351–68.