Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236

Marseille, France

Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236

Marseille, France
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Ouedraogo R.,Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236 | Flaudrops C.,Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236 | Amara A.B.,Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236 | Capo C.,Institute Of Recherche Pour Le Developpement Unite Mixte Of Recherche 6236 | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2010

Background: MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry is currently used in microbiological diagnosis to characterize bacterial populations. Our aim was to determine whether this technique could be applied to intact eukaryotic cells, and in particular, to cells involved in the immune response. Methodology/Principal Findings:A comparison of frozen monocytes, T lymphocytes and polymorphonuclear leukocytes revealed specific peak profiles. We also found that twenty cell types had specific profiles, permitting the establishment of a cell database. The circulating immune cells, namely monocytes, T lymphocytes and polymorphonuclear cells, were distinct from tissue immune cells such as monocyte-derived macrophages and dendritic cells. In addition, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry was valuable to easily identify the signatures of monocytes and T lymphocytes in peripheral mononuclear cells. Conclusions/Significance:This method was rapid and easy to perform, and unlike flow cytometry, it did not require any additional components such as specific antibodies. The MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry approach could be extended to analyze the cell composition of tissues and the activation state of immune cells.

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