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This protocol is designed for T-regulatory assay for Mouse allergen (Mus m1).


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Isolation of Mononuclear Cells

  • This is a sterile procedure and all steps should be performed in a hood.
  1. Turn on the hood. Bring Ficoll and PBS to room temperature in the hood.
  2. Obtain whole blood specimens collected in sodium heparin (green top) collection tubes and record subjects information, i.e. ID#, date collected, date received.
  3. If performing Basophil Activation Assay on this sample, set aside 3mL of whole blood before the next step.
  4. Dilute the remaining blood at 1:1 with PBS in a 50mL conical tube.
  5. Place 15mL of Ficoll in a 50mL conical tube. Overlay with up to 30mL of diluted blood, gently add the blood on the ficoll solution to avoid of blood with ficoll solution.
  6. Centrifuge @ 500g for 30minutes @ room temperature (slow acceleration, deceleration off to ensure no disruption of the density gradient).
  7. Using a sterile transfer pipette, aspirate the buffy coat (peripheral blood mononuclear cells [PBMCs]) into a new 50mL conical tube (avoid aspirating the ficoll). Add PBS into the 50mL tube to bring the sample to a minimum of 2X the initial volume. Invert up and down gently to mix.
  8. Centrifuge @ 500g for 20minutes @ room temperature (maximum acceleration and deceleration).
  9. Aspirate and discard the supernatant. Resuspend the cell pellet first by tapping the tube until no clumps are visible, then adding 1mL of PBS. Set aside a 10μl aliquot of cells for counting as follows: Add 90μl of PBS into the 10μl of cells.
  10. Add PBS to the cells in the 50mL tube for a total volume of 20mL, and centrifuge @ 300g for 15 minutes @ room temperature(maximum acceleration and deceleration).
  11. In order to determine the volume to use for resuspending the PBMCs after the wash, the total number of cells in the sample must be determined. Combine the 100μL aliquot of cells in PBS set aside above with 100μL of 0.2% Trypan solution (if using the automated counter) or 0.4% Trypan solution (if manual counting). Mix well with pipette.
  12. Carefully, introduce 10μL of the stained cells into the notch of a hemocytometer and record cell counts using a hand-held counter. Count the number of cells under a microscope or place 20μL of the stained cells onto a disposable slide and count using the automated counter.
  13. After centrifugation is completed, aspirate and discard the supernatant. Resuspend the cell pellet by tapping the tube until no clumps are visible. Suspend PBMCs with PBS @ 10 million cells/mL in a 15mL conical tube.

PBMC Antigen Stimulation Assay

*This is a sterile procedure and all steps should be performed in a hood.

  1. Remove stimulants from the freezer and thaw.
  2. Label 24 well plate with specimen ID and date (this is for the 7 days cell culture). Label each well with the appropriate stimulant condition, ordered by priority (for cases where there are insufficient cells to test all stimulants).
    1. Musm1 (allergen): @ 200μg/mL purified Musm1 protein in Aim-V.
    2. AIM-V + IL-2 (negative control): AIM-V + IL-2 medium alone.
    3. Beads (positive control): 1μg/mL anti-Cd3/Cd28 beads.
    4. Tetanus: 200μg/mL tetanus in AIM-V.
  3. Add an equal volume (1:1 dilution) of freshly prepared 10μM CFSE (in PBS) to the tube of cells. To make 1.5mL of PBS + CFSE (2x solutin): add 3μL of stock CFSE (5mM) into 1.5mL of PBS.
  4. Incubate in 37deg;C water bath for 10 minutes.


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Relevant papers and books

  1. Goldbeter A and Koshland DE Jr. An amplified sensitivity arising from covalent modification in biological systems. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981 Nov;78(11):6840-4. PubMed ID:6947258 | HubMed [Goldbeter-PNAS-1981]
  2. JACOB F and MONOD J. Genetic regulatory mechanisms in the synthesis of proteins. J Mol Biol. 1961 Jun;3:318-56. PubMed ID:13718526 | HubMed [Jacob-JMB-1961]
  3. ISBN:0879697164 [Ptashne-Genetic-Switch]
All Medline abstracts: PubMed | HubMed


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