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We have a team of technical support scientists available to help you. Our team provides this Panel Design Service for those who want help with building their panel every step of the way.

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Choosing the optimal combination of fluorochromes can be simplified with a guided method. The Flow Panel Builder offers a curated and customizable approach to the panel building process.

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WhatTake advantage of expert insight when:
  • Designing a new panel
  • Troubleshooting an existing panel
  • Revising and optimizing an existing panel with new markers
Intuitive interface that:
  • Organizes fluorochrome marker selections
  • Reports predicted spillover values
  • Shows fluorescence spectra according to your cytometer configuration
Target usersAll flow cytometry users (all users—from naïve to experienced—are welcome to use)All flow cytometry users confident in their ability to design/optimize panels on their own
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What to expectPanel design, panel optimization, complete end-to-end service with final panel design; review with a minimum of 2 expertsDesign panels in 5 easy steps

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Getting started with the flow cytometry panel builder tool

Choosing the optimal combination of fluorochromes can be simplified with a guided method. The Invitrogen Flow Panel Builder offers a customizable panel building process to fit your flow cytometry experimental needs, whatever your experience level.

Video: how to use the panel builder

Watch the video to learn how to use the Invitrogen Flow Cytometry Panel Builder to build your next flow cytometry panel in 5 easy steps.

Video: how to design spectral flow cytometry experiments

Watch the video to create a panel for your spectral instrument

List of available fluorophores based on their usage, benefits, and intended applications with Flurophore Selection Guide.

See individual excitation and emission plots on the Invitrogen SpectraViewer.

Tips and Tricks for Panel Design

Tip 1: Minimize spill-over by using the correct and separate channel

Any time you have markers that you know will be co-expressed on your cells of interest, make sure to space them out into separate channels. If you will need to use any adjacent channels, that's where you would put any markers that are mutually exclusive so that they'll still be easy to distinguish.

Tip 2: Intracellular targets need special buffer for fixation and permeabilization for staining

You'll also want to keep in mind the buffer that you're using to fix and permeabilize your cells, as we have several options. When you're looking at cytoplasmic targets, what the buffer is appropriate may not be the same as when you're looking at nuclear targets, because you want to make sure that you still have access to your antigens without over-fixing your epitopes.

Tip 3: Viability dyes are required to find live cells

A third tip I wanted to share with you is to always include a viability dye in your staining panel. This will help eliminate any false positives that are caused by dead cells or debris, because those can be sticky. You have a lot of options for choosing a viability dye, so you don't need to design your panel around them. You can build out the rest of your panel and optimize your core markers, and then fit in a viability dye in an empty channel.

Tip 4: Save your bright fluorochromes for dim targets

As you're building out your basic panel and you want to incorporate some more antigens, make sure you're keeping the density of your antigen expression in mind. So if you have antigens with low or unknown expression, those would be ones that you want to assign to your brightest dyes, such as PE or APC.

Tip 5: Try to combine negative markers in one channel (dump channel) to save space on your panel

A helpful trick when you want to exclude a lot of cell types at once without having to suck up multiple channels for that would be to use a dump channel. This is where you're placing all the antibodies that identify your cells that are not of interest into the same channel with the same fluorochrome, and then those can be easily gated out and all of the cells negative for the dump channel would be those that you use for your analysis going forward.



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