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Cytometry A. 2007 Dec;71(12):1003-10.

Single lymphocyte analysis with a microwell array chip.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan.


Following genomics and proteomics, cytomics, a novel method of looking at life, has emerged for analyzing large populations of cells on a single-cell basis with multiple parameters in a quantitative manner. We have developed a highly integrated live-cell microarray system for analyzing the cellular responses of individual cells using a microwell array chip that has 234,000 microwells each of which is just large enough to fit a single cell. Compared with flow cytometry and microscope-based methods, our system can analyze the history of the cellular responses of a large number of cells. We have successfully applied the system to analyze human antigen-specific B-cells and produced human monoclonal antibodies (MoAb) against hepatitis B virus surface antigen. We have also constructed a mouse system to assess hepatitis B virus-neutralization activity and have demonstrated the neutralization activity of our antibodies. Our technology should expand the horizons of cell analysis as well as enable generation of human MoAb for antibody-based therapeutics and diagnosis for infectious diseases such as hepatitis viruses.

(c) 2007 International Society for Analytical Cytology

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