DURAClone IM Dendritic Cells Protocol

This protocol is for reference purposes only.  It may be necessary to adapt the method for specific research needs.



25 tests of the DURAClone IM Dendritic Cell Antibody Panel

3 Compensation Kits, each kit containing eight single color tubes:

  • CD4-FITC
  • CD4-PE
  • CD1c-PC5.5
  • CD11c-PC7
  • CD4-APC
  • CD123-APC-Alexa Fluor 700
  • CD4-Pacific Blue
  • CD8-Krome Orange

NOTE: Do not store the reagent tubes in the refrigerator; do not freeze/thaw the tubes. Minimize the exposure of the tubes to light, especially during processing and incubation of sample(s) prior to acquisition.


Blood collection tube containing anticoagulant

Calibrated pipettes

Vortex mixer

VersaLyse Solution (Part Number A09777)

IOTest 3 Fixative Solution (Part Number A07800)

Phosphate Buffered Saline, PBS (Part Number 6603369, or equivalent)

  •  Prepared following the IFU.

1X PBS/Fixative:

  • Prepared fresh each day by adding 1 mL of 1X PBS to 12.5 μL of IOTest®3 10X Concentrate. Each sample and compensation control requires 500 μL.

VersaComp Antibody Capture Beads (Part Number B22804)

Flow cytometer equipped with the following lasers and detectors:

  • 405 nm: 430 – 470 nm and 530 – 570 nm
  • 488 nm: 504 – 545 nm, 560 – 600 nm, 605 – 635 nm, 680 – 710 nm and >755 nm
  • 633 nm: 650 – 670 nm, 715 – 735 nm and >755 nm

Sheath fluid

Flow cytometer calibration beads

Staining Procedure


  1. Add 200 μL of whole blood to one tube of the DURAClone IM Dendritic Cells Antibody Panel.

  2. Vortex at high speed for 6-8 seconds and incubate for 15 minutes between 20 and 30 °C. Protect from light.

  3. Add 2 mL of VersaLyse, vortex at high speed for 1-3 seconds and incubate for 15 minutes between 20 - 30 °C. Protect from light.

  4. Centrifuge the tube at 200 x g for 5 minutes; aspirate the supernatant. Gently tap to dissociate the pellet.

  5. Add 3 mL 1X PBS; centrifuge at 200 x g for 5 minutes. Aspirate the supernatant. Gently tap to dissociate the pellet.

  6. Resuspend cells in 500 μL of 1X PBS/Fixative solution.

  7. The sample is ready for acquisition.


  1. Add 100 μL of whole blood to each of the single color tubes in the Compensation Kit.  All tubes should be from the same pouch.

  2. Add one drop of the positive VersaComp Antibody Capture Beads of the following compensation tubes:

    • CD1c-PC5.5
    • CD123-APC-Alexa Fluor 700

  3. Follow steps 2-7 in the Sample Preparation procedure.

  4. Follow standard procedures and instrument manufacturer instructions for compensation setup.