Mitochondrial Staining Allows Robust Elimination of Apoptotic and Damaged Cells during Cell Sorting

Natasha S. Barteneva, Eugeny D. Ponomarev, Alla Tsytsykova, Myriam Armant, Ivan A. Vorobjev

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High-speed fluorescence-activated cell sorting is relevant for a plethora of applications, such as PCR-based techniques, microarrays, cloning, and propagation of selected cell populations. We suggest a simple cell-sorting technique to eliminate early and late apoptotic and necrotic cells, with good signal-to-noise ratio and a high-purity yield. The mitochondrial potential dye, TMRE (tetramethylrhodamine ethyl ester perchlorate), was used to separate viable and non-apoptotic cells from the cell sorting samples. TMRE staining is reversible and does not affect cell proliferation and viability. Sorted TMRE+ cells contained a negligible percentage of apoptotic and damaged cells and had a higher proliferative potential as compared with their counterpart cells, sorted on the basis of staining with DNA viability dye. This novel sorting technique using TMRE does not interfere with subsequent functional assays and is a method of choice for the enrichment of functionally active, unbiased cell populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Click-IT
  • TMRE
  • apoptotic cell elimination
  • caspase
  • cell sorting
  • mitochondrial dye
  • viability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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