High-throughput detection of miRNAs and gene-specific mRNA at the single-cell level by flow cytometry.

TitleHigh-throughput detection of miRNAs and gene-specific mRNA at the single-cell level by flow cytometry.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPorichis F, Hart MG, Griesbeck M, Everett HL, Hassan M, Baxter AE, Lindqvist M, Miller SM, Soghoian DZ, Kavanagh DG, Reynolds S, Norris B, Mordecai SK, Nguyen Q, Lai C, Kaufmann DE
JournalNat Commun
Volume5
Pagination5641
Date Published12/04/2014
ISSN2041-1723
Abstract

Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is a method that uses fluorescent probes to detect specific nucleic acid sequences at the single-cell level. Here we describe optimized protocols that exploit a highly sensitive FISH method based on branched DNA technology to detect mRNA and miRNA in human leukocytes. This technique can be multiplexed and combined with fluorescent antibody protein staining to address a variety of questions in heterogeneous cell populations. We demonstrate antigen-specific upregulation of IFNγ and IL-2 mRNAs in HIV- and CMV-specific T cells. We show simultaneous detection of cytokine mRNA and corresponding protein in single cells. We apply this method to detect mRNAs for which flow antibodies against the corresponding proteins are poor or are not available. We use this technique to show modulation of a microRNA critical for T-cell function, miR-155. We adapt this assay for simultaneous detection of mRNA and proteins by ImageStream technology.

DOI10.1038/ncomms6641
Alternate JournalNat Commun
PubMed ID25472703
PubMed Central IDPMC4256720
Grant List1R56AI095088-01 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
NIH1S10OD012027-01A1 / OD / NIH HHS / United States
P01 AI-080192 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL092565 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01HL-092565 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
UM1 AI100663 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
UM1AI100663 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
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