Positively isolate a high yield and purity of CD8+ T cells from whole blood, buffy coat, MNC or bone marrow and then remove the beads using the supplied DETACHaBEAD®. Isolated cells are bead and antibody-free, phenotypically unaltered and suitable for any downstream application, including flow cytometry, functional studies and cell culture.

Principle of Isolation

  • Positive isolation – Dynabeads are mixed with the sample in a tube. The Dynabeads will bind to the target cells during a short incubation, and then the bead-bound cells are separated by a magnet.
  • Detachment – wash the positively isolated cells and then add DETACHaBEAD to gently release the cells from the beads.

Description of Materials

Dynabeads CD8 are uniform, superparamagnetic polystyrene beads (4.5 μm diameter) coated with a mouse monoclonal antibody directed against the CD8 antigen on human cells. DETACHaBEAD CD8 is a polyclonal anti- Fab antibody specific for the CD8 antibody on the Dynabeads.

Material Supplied

  • 5 ml Dynabeads CD8   4 x 108 beads/ml in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) containing 0.1% bovine serum albumin (BSA) and 0.02% sodium azide (NaN3).
  • 2 ml DETACHaBEAD CD8
  • This product will process up to 2 x 109 cells

Additional Materials Required

Important Notes:

  • BSA can be replaced by human serum albumin (HSA) or FCS.
  • EDTA can be replaced by sodium citrate.
  • PBS containing Ca2+ or Mg2+ is not recommended.



Dynabeads Washing Procedure

Dynabeads should be washed before use.

  1. Resuspend the Dynabeads in the vial.

  2. Transfer the desired volume of Dynabeads to a tube.

  3. Add the same volume of Buffer 1, or at least 1 ml, and mix.

  4. Place the tube in a magnet for 1 min and discard the supernatant.

  5. Remove the tube from the magnet and resuspend the washed Dynabeads in the same volume of Buffer 1 as the initial volume of Dynabeads.

Sample Preparation

Cells can be directly isolated from any sample such as whole blood, bone marrow, MNC or tissue digests.

Whole Blood and Buffy Coat

Most positive isolations can use whole blood and buffy coat as a starting sample. Buffy coat is 8-10 times more concentrated than whole blood with regard to number of leucocytes. For this product you have to wash the blood/buffy coat to remove interfering soluble factors.

  1. Dilute the whole blood or buffy coat in Buffer 1 (1 part blood/buffy coat to 2 parts Buffer 1).

  2. Centrifuge at 600 x g for 10 min at 2-8°C. Allow to decelerate slowly.

  3. Discard the plasma fraction/upper layer. Resuspend blood to the original volume in Buffer 1 and buffy coat 1+1 in Buffer 1 before adding the beads.

  4. Add the correct volume of beads as shown in Table 1. Please visit for a list of recommended sample preparation procedures.

Critical Steps for Cell Isolation


Use a mixer that provides tilting and rotation of the tubes to ensure Dynabeads do not settle at the bottom of the tube. When incubating Dynabeads and cells, the incubation temperature must be 2-8°C to reduce phagocytic activity and other metabolic processes.

Table 1:   Volume of Dynabeads added per cell sample. The volumes can be scaled up as required.

Sample Vol. of Dynabeads
  • MNC 1ml (1 x 107 cells)
  • washed whole blood 1 ml
  • washed and diluted (1+1) buffy coat 1 ml
25 μl (1 x 107 Dynabeads)
12 μl (5 x 106 Dynabeads)
25 μl (1 x 107 Dynabeads)
Total no. of cells processed per product 2 x 109 cells

Positive Isolation of CD8+ T Cells

  1. Add the appropriate volume of Dynabeads to the prepared sample according to table 1.

  2. Incubate for 20 min at 2 - 8°C with gentle tilting and rotation.

  3. Place the tube in a magnet for 2 min.

  4. Discard the supernatant and wash the bead-bound cells 3 times by resuspending in Buffer 1 to the original sample volume, and separate using a magnet for 1 min. Never use less than 1 ml Buffer 1 in each washing step.

  5. Resuspend the bead-bound cells in 100 μl Buffer 2 per 107 MNC in the original sample, or 100 μl Buffer 2 per ml blood in the original sample. Never resuspend in less than 100 μl even if the starting sample is less than 107

MNC or 1 ml blood.

  1. Add 10 μl DETACHaBEAD per 25 μl (1 x 107) Dynabeads used to isolate the bead-bound cells. Never use less than 10 μl DETACHaBEAD even if less than 107 Dynabeads are used. The amount of DETACHaBEAD can be directly scaled up.

  2. Incubate for 45 min at room temperature with gentle mixing.

  3. Place the tube in a magnet for 1 min.

  4. Transfer the supernatant containing released cells to a fresh tube. To obtain residual cells, wash the beads 2-3 times in 500 μl Buffer 2 and collect the supernatant.

  5. Wash detached cells thoroughly by resuspending the cells in a total volume of 10 ml Buffer 2 and centrifuge for 6 min at 400 x g to remove DETACHaBEAD.

  6. Resuspend the cells in Buffer 2 or other media and use in downstream application. The isolated cells are pure, viable and are free from antibody bound to the surface.


General Information

Invitrogen Dynal AS complies with the Quality System Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003.


This product is stable until the expiry date stated on the label when stored unopened at 2-8°C. Store opened vials at 2-8°C and avoid bacterial contamination. Keep Dynabeads in liquid suspension during storage and all handling steps, as drying will result in reduced performance. Resuspend well before use.

Warnings And Limitations

This product is for research use only. Not intended for any animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use unless otherwise stated. Follow appropriate laboratory guidelines. This product contains 0.02% sodium azide as a preservative, which is cytotoxic.

Avoid pipetting by mouth!

Sodium azide may react with lead and copper plumbing to form highly explosive metal azides. When disposing through plumbing drains, flush with large volumes of water to prevent azide build up. Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is available upon request. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is available at .


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