Ring Trials DNA Flow Cytometry

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zytometrie (DGZ), Germany

    Ring Trial 1995

  • Organization and sample preparation:
    Fachklinik Hornheide
    D-48174 Münster
    Tel: +49/251/3287-651
    Fax: +49/251/3287-299

    Participating laboratories: 43
    Provided samples: 4
    - A: chicken and trout erythrocytes with normal mouse spleen cells
    - B: trout erythrocytes with DNA-diploid human HSB-2 cells
    - C: human lymphocytes with DNA-aneuploid MOLT-4 cells
    - D: DAPI prestained trout erythrocytes
    - all cell samples were fixed in suspension with 80% ethanol

    Standard Protocol PI (proposal Th.Liedl)
    - centrifuge sample
    - remove supernatant by suction
    - resuspend pellet in staining solution by stirring with plastic tip pipette (no vortex)
    - incubate at 37C for 30min
    - measure after 5 min

    - if necessary, stained samples may be preserved over night in a refrigerator
    - PI staining solution was provided, keep at -20 to -80C for storage (50ug/ml) PI (Sigma P 4170) with 1mg/ml RNAse (type I-A, Sigma R 4875)

    Standard Protocol DAPI (proposal F.J.Otto)
    - centrifuge 1-2ml cells for 10min at 200xg
    - remove supernatant by suction
    - resuspend pellet in 1ml pepsin solution with plastic tip pipette (no vortex)
    - incubate at room temperature for 15min whith gentle shaking
    - assay 0.5ml cell suspension with 4.5ml DAPI solution
    - incubate over night at room temperature

    - dissolve one pepsin tube (50mg, Riedel-de-Haen Nr.20821) with 10ml 0.1N HCl prior to use
    - dissolve 5.9g tri-NaCitrate2H2O and 0.20mg DAPI in 100ml distilled water. The solution is stable over several weeks when stored at 4C in the dark.

    User Defined Protocols:
    - the participating laboratories were free to stain and measure samples A-D by their own staining protocols in addition to sample processing by the standard protocols. While the user defined protocols provided in principle similar results as the standard protocol, the most consistent results were obtained by the standard protocol procedures. For reasons of shortness, only the standard protocol results are displayed in the subsequent panels.

    Laboratories Submitting Results:
    - PI + argon laser (PI+laser): 23
    - PI + HBO lamp (PI+HBO): 2
    - EB+M + argon laser: 2
    - YOYO + argon laser: 1
    - DAPI + UV-laser (D+UVL): 4
    - DAPI + HBO lamp (D+HBO): 18
    - Hoechst 33342 + HBO lamp: 1


    Sample A


    - Sample A was included to check instrument resolution and to confirm the earlier ring trial observation of different G0/G1 peak positions depending on dye and cellular AT content.

    - The instruments should resolve the two narrowly spaced peaks on the left side of the histogram while the two rightmost peaks should not substantially differ. Only few laboratories were able to resolve the two peaks. The CV's (coefficients of variation (%)) were lower for DAPI stained samples measured either by the HBO-100 lamp or by a UV-laser.

    - The relative peak position of trout erythrocytes was lower for DAPI than for PI stained samples, confirming earliert ring trial experience. This is explained by the known low AT-content of trout erythrocytes. The ratio calculation between the position of trout and mouse spleen cells was used for interlaboratory data normalization and shows a very low scatter of the values between individual laboratories.

    Sample B


    - Sample B served for S-phase determination (37%). DNA peak position was lower for trout erythrocytes. CV's were lowest for DAPI measurements. The scatter of % S-phase values as reported by the various laboratories is quite significant. The DAPI standard protocol yields more consistent results than the PI standard protocol.

    Sample C


    - Sample C was included for DNA index determination in the aneuploid MOLT-4 cell line. DNA indices were consistently lower for the DAPI as compared to the PI standard protocol. This may be due to methodology or to a different base composition of MOLT-4 cells.

    - S-phase values of MOLT4-cell scatter significantly. This is similar to the results of Sample B.

    Sample D


    - Sample D served as prestained cell standard to indicate flow cytometer performance by excluding sample preparation variabilities. The results are narrowly consistent between the HBO-100 and UV-laser instruments. They are quite similar to DAPI stained Samples A-C indicating that sample preparation according to the standard protocol leads to closely comparable overall results.

    For problems or comments, please contact:
    G.Valet, E-mail: valet@vms.biochem.mpg.de, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Am Klopferspitz 18a, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany, Tel: +49/89/8578-2518, -2525, Fax: +49/89/8578-2563, INTERNET address: http://www.biochem.mpg.de/valet/cytorel.html
    Last Update: Aug.28, 1996