Imaging Mass Cytometry

Reagents for deep interrogation of tissues and tumors

Changing the course of how diseases are treated and ultimately cured requires a comprehensive understanding of complex cellular phenotypes and their interrelationships in the spatial context of the tissue microenvironment. Imaging Mass Cytometry™ (IMC™) performed on the Hyperion™ Imaging System using Maxpar® metal-tagged antibodies empowers simultaneous interrogation of 4 to 37 protein markers at a time. It is now possible to deeply interrogate tissues and tumors at subcellular resolution while preserving the information in tissue architecture and cellular morphology to uncover new biomarker correlations and cell interactions. 

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David Rimm on the value of Imaging Mass Cytometry™ for immunology applications at Yale

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Bernd Bodenmiller on revealing new insights into tumors with Imaging Mass Cytometry

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Join us in Seattle for the 2018 Imaging Mass Cytometry User Group Meeting

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New pathologist-verified Maxpar antibodies for Imaging Mass Cytometry

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The Hyperion Imaging System provides highly multiplexed data with subcellular spatial resolution from 4 to 37 protein markers on FFPE or frozen tissues or cell smears. Standard protocols for preparing FFPE or frozen tissue slices can be used for sample prep for use with the system.

A common antibody retrieval protocol

The Maxpar antibody staining protocol for Imaging Mass Cytometry makes it easy to combine multiple metal-labeled antibodies in one step. Metal-tagged pathologist-verified Maxpar antibodies for Imaging Mass Cytometry are designed and optimized for use with the Hyperion Imaging System. These antibodies can be combined using a protocol that provides a common antigen retrieval step to simplify panel design for use with FFPE human tissue sections.


Metal-Tagged Reagents

A precisely directed laser beam focused at 1 µm collects protein markers stained with metal-tagged Maxpar antibodies and directs these metal tags for detection using proven CyTOF® technology. A discrete signal from each ionized metal tag is detected based on differences in mass instead of wavelength, at 1 Da resolution. The purity and choice of metal isotopes ensure minimal background noise from signal overlap or endogenous cellular components.

Developed for use with the Hyperion Imaging System, the 60-plus and ever-growing list of antibodies currently available in our catalog has been optimized to detect defining markers in immuno-oncology pathways and cancer and immune cell populations. Each lot of conjugated antibody is quality control-tested on tissue sections using the Hyperion Imaging System. If a desired antibody is not yet present in our catalog, you can conjugate it yourself using our metal-labeling kits or inquire about our custom conjugation services. 

Research Use Only

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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