Immunochemical estimation of haemoglobin types in red blood cells by FACS analysis

S. J. Thorpe, Lay Thein Swee Lay Thein, M. Sampietro, J. E. Craig, B. Mahon, E. R. Huehns

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A fixation and permeabilization procedure using formaldehyde and acetone has been developed which allows immunostaining of intracellular haemoglobin for fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS) analysis of erythrocytes. The treatment preserves antigenicity and light-scattering properties. Validation of the method was given by the correlation of F cell number in adults determined by FACS analysis with that assessed by microscopic examination of cell smears, and by the direct relationship between β chain synthesis and intensity of β chain/Hb A immunofluorescence within fetal erythrocyte samples known to vary in their β chain/Hb A content. The procedure is rapid, non-subjective and sensitive, and makes analysis of haemoglobin content, type and distribution amongst red cell populations possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • FACS analysis
  • haemoglobin
  • Hb F
  • immunochemical estimation
  • red blood cells


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