RBC Lyses Solutions and Cell Lyses Procedure

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RBC Lyses Solutions and Cell Lyses Procedure


Ammonium chloride lyses (10X concentration)

NH4Cl (ammonium chloride) 8.02gm

NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate) 0.84gm

EDTA (disodium) 0.37gm

QS to 100ml with Millipore water. Store at 4°C for six months.

Working solution

Dilute 10ml 10X concentrate with 90 ml Millipore water. Refrigerate until use.

Obtain a whole blood specimen in a heparin tube.
Aliquot 1ml blood into 15ml conical centrifuge tube.
Fill tube to capacity with fresh cold lysing solution.
Invert or rock for 10 minutes at room temperature until liquid is clear red.
Spin at 4°C for 10 minutes at 250 x g.
Decant supernatant and allow tubes to drain briefly.
Resuspend cell by raking gently across a tube rack.
Wash cells and combine multiple tubes with 10ml cold PBS/2% FCS.
Spin, decant, and resuspend as above (steps 5-7).
Count cells and adjust cell concentration to ~2-4x 106/ml.