Harmonization of flow cytometry protocols from instrument settings to antibody panel and reagents is highly encouraged for inter-laboratory data comparison in both research and clinical settings, especially for minimal residual disease monitoring evaluation in hematological diseases across centers. Here, we described inter-intra instrument comparison of two standardized 10-color staining dried tubes for B- and T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder diagnosis and monitoring on two different flow cytometers, a Beckman Coulter NaviosEx and a Beckman Coulter DxFlex. A total of 47 consecutive patients were enrolled, and 39 of them were evaluable for further studies. We show highly comparable results between the two cytometers for cell frequency and fluorescence intensity signals for both standardized 10-color staining dried tubes. For this latter, fluorescence of each antibody and subject was normalized on the mean value obtained from the entire study cohort thus reducing the effects of biological variability and allowing comparison between instruments with different detector sensitivity. In summary, dried tubes were confirmed as an optimal standardized diagnostic tool, especially when associated with EuroFlow standardized procedures by minimizing technical and biological variability. However, data analysis is still operator-dependent, and more efforts are needed to develop automated or semi-automated software for flow cytometry data analysis for diagnostic purposes.

Inter-intra instrument comparison and standardization of a 10-color immunophenotyping for B and T cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis and monitoring

Gorrese M.;Bertolini A.;Cuffa B.;Serio B.;Selleri C.
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Giudice V.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Harmonization of flow cytometry protocols from instrument settings to antibody panel and reagents is highly encouraged for inter-laboratory data comparison in both research and clinical settings, especially for minimal residual disease monitoring evaluation in hematological diseases across centers. Here, we described inter-intra instrument comparison of two standardized 10-color staining dried tubes for B- and T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder diagnosis and monitoring on two different flow cytometers, a Beckman Coulter NaviosEx and a Beckman Coulter DxFlex. A total of 47 consecutive patients were enrolled, and 39 of them were evaluable for further studies. We show highly comparable results between the two cytometers for cell frequency and fluorescence intensity signals for both standardized 10-color staining dried tubes. For this latter, fluorescence of each antibody and subject was normalized on the mean value obtained from the entire study cohort thus reducing the effects of biological variability and allowing comparison between instruments with different detector sensitivity. In summary, dried tubes were confirmed as an optimal standardized diagnostic tool, especially when associated with EuroFlow standardized procedures by minimizing technical and biological variability. However, data analysis is still operator-dependent, and more efforts are needed to develop automated or semi-automated software for flow cytometry data analysis for diagnostic purposes.
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