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Abstract

The Microcyte is a novel, portable flow cytometer based on diode laser technology whose use has been established for yeast and bacterial analysis. We present data that demonstrate its suitability for routine mammalian cell counting and viability determination. To extend its range of applications in the field of animal cell culture biotechnology, a test to determine the number of apoptotic cells present has been developed for use with the instrument. Apoptosis was induced in hybridoma cell cultures by treatment with camptothecin. Apoptotic cells were labeled with biotinylated Annexin V and then visualized using a streptavidin-allophycocyanin conjugate. Their numbers were counted, and the cell size of the apoptotic cell population was determined using the Microcyte.