1. Prepare 1X BD IMag™ buffer: Dilute BD IMag™ Buffer (10X) (Cat. no. 552362) 1:10 with sterile distilled water or prepare Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS) supplemented with 0.5% BSA, 2 mM EDTA, and 0.1% sodium azide.
2. Prepare a single-cell suspension from the lymphoid tissue of interest according to standard laboratory procedures. Remove clumps of cells and/or debris by passing the suspension through a 70-µm nylon cell strainer. Count the cells.
3. Wash cells with an excess volume of 1X BD IMag™ buffer, spin and carefully aspirate all the supernatant.
4. Vortex the BD IMag™ anti-mouse TER-119 Particles - DM thoroughly, and add 50 µl of particles for every 10^7 total cells.
5. MIX THOROUGHLY. Incubate in the refrigerator (8°C-11°C and not on ice) for 30 minutes exactly.
6. Wash the labeled cells with a 10X excess volume of 1X BD IMag™ buffer, centrifuge at 300 x g for 7 minutes, and carefully aspirate ALL the supernatant.
7. Bring the labeling volume up to 20 to 80 x 10^6 cells/ml with 1X BD IMag™ buffer.
8. Transfer the labeled cells to a 12 x 75 mm round-bottom test tube (eg, BD Falcon™, Cat. no. 352058), maximum volume added not to exceed 1.0 ml. Place this positive-fraction tube on the BD IMagnet™ (horizontal position) for 6 to 8 minutes. For greater volume, transfer the cells to a 17 x 100 mm round-bottom test tube (eg, BD Falcon™, Cat. no. 352057), maximum volume added not to exceed 3.0 ml. Place this positive-fraction tube on the BD IMagnet™ (vertical position) for 8 minutes.
9. With the tube on the BD IMagnet™ and using a sterile glass Pasteur pipette, carefully aspirate the supernatant (depleted fraction) and place in a new sterile tube.
10. Remove the positive-fraction tube from the BD IMagnet™, and add 1X BD IMag™ buffer to the same volume as in Step 7. Resuspend the positive fraction well by pipetting up and down 10 to 15 times, and place the tube back on the BD IMagnet™ for 6 to 8 minutes. For 17 x 100 mm tube: Place on the BD IMagnet™ for 8 minutes.
11. Using a new sterile Pasteur pipette, carefully aspirate the supernatant and combine with the enriched fraction from Step 9 above.
12. Repeat Steps 10 and 11. The combined depleted fraction contains cells with no bound antibodies or magnetic particles.
13. To increase the purity of the combined depleted fraction, place the tube containing the combined enriched fraction on the BD IMagnet™ for another 6 minutes. For 17 x 100 mm tube: Place on the BD IMagnet™ for 10 minutes.
14. Carefully aspirate the supernatant and place in a new sterile tube. This is the twice-depleted fraction. The cells are ready to be processed for downstream applications.
15. The positive-fraction cells remaining in the original tube can be resuspended in an appropriate buffer or culture medium for downstream applications, including flow cytometry, if desired.
16. Samples of the total cell suspension and the positive and depleted fractions should be analyzed by flow cytometry to evaluate the efficiency of the cell-separation procedure.
NOTES: Hints for successful cell preparation: After the final wash, resuspend the cells at a relatively high concentration in 1X BD IMag™ buffer and proceed to step 3. It is highly recommended to do step 13 to ensure a higher rate of depletion. Avoid nonspecific labeling by working quickly and adhering to recommended incubation times.
The concentration of BD IMag™ anti-mouse TER-119 Particles - DM suggested in the protocol has been optimized for the purification of TER-119-positive erythoid lineage cells from spleen cells. When labeling target cell populations present at lower frequencies, fewer BD IMag™ particles can be used. Conversely, when labeling target cell populations that are present at higher frequencies, more particles should be used. To determine the optimal concentration of the BD IMag™ anti-mouse TER-119 Particles - DM for a particular application, a titration in two-fold increments is recommended.