The Flow Cytometry sub-unit of the ABRF is available for analysis of multiple cellular and particle parameters, and additionally for fluorescence activated cell sorting.
The sub-unit currently comprises six instruments across two locations, the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).
Flow Cytometry has many applications, including:
- Cellular metabolism studies: including changes in intracellular calcium levels, cellular pH and changes in membrane potential
- DNA analysis/ploidy/karyotyping: Studies of changes in DNA/RNA levels using DNA-binding dyes such as Ethidium bromide.
- Cytotoxicity studies: including studies of Natural killer cell activity and Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity.
- Cell signalling