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Watch our aseptic technique video protocol here that shows you how to sterilize work areas and use appropriate sterile handling techniques, personal protective equipment, and good hygiene. Table 1. If both live and dead cell counts have been recorded for each set of 16 corner squares, an estimate viability can be calculated. Figure 1. Webinar transcript. Counting cells allows the accurate determination of cell numbers, and therefore, consistency between experiments.
This video will outline the procedure for counting both suspension and adherence cells using a hemocytometer. Before commencing work, thoroughly spray the inside of the laminar flow safety cabinet with disinfectant and wipe clean with tissue. Dispose of used tissue in the appropriate waste bin. The hood is now clean and ready to use.
Remove cell culture media and trypsin from the fridge, and place in a humidified, degree C, carbon dioxide incubator to warm. Meanwhile, look at the cells to be counted using a microscope to check for any visual signs of bacterial and fungal contamination. For suspension cells, gently agitate the flask to ensure the cells are well mixed. Before they get a chance to settle, take an 0.
Incubate the cells for two to five minutes in the humidified 37 degrees C, carbon dioxide incubator. The incubation time will need to be optimized for the cell type.
When all cells are detached, neutralize the trypsin EDTA with warm serum containing growth media appropriate to the cells and culture. Refer to Table One for the required volumes.
Re-suspend the cells by gently pipetting the cell suspension up and down three times and transfer them into a 50 milliliter tube. Centrifuge the cell suspension for five minutes at 1, revolutions per minute at room temperature. Remove the supernatant using a sterile serological pipet and re-suspend the cell palette with degree C serum containing growth media to the original volume of the starting culture.
Using a five milliliter sterile pipet, take and 0. To being counting, prepare the disposable hemocytometer. Using a P Gilson Pipet, take microliters of suspension, and add to microliters of trypan blue, note,. Take microliters of the trypan blue cell suspension mix, and carefully pipet a drop of the suspension into the well of the counting chamber, allowing capillary action to draw the sample in. Take care not to overfill the counting chamber.
View the counting area under a 10 times magnification using an inverted microscope. Using the microscope, focus on one of the four by four grids on the hemocytometer and count the cells at a negative for trypan blue. These ones are viable. Also, make note of how many cells were positive for trypan blue. These cells are dead, and this number can be used later to calculate the percentage viability of the culture if required.
When counting, employ a system whereby cells are only counted when they are within a square, or on the right hand or bottom boundary line. Record the number of cells counted in this set of 16 squares and move the hemocytometer until all four sets of 16 squares on the hemocytometer have been counted, and their values recorded.
To calculate the cell concentration, take the average number of viable cells in the four sets of 16 squares and multiply by 10, to get the number of cells per milliliter. Then, multiply this by five to correct for the one in five dilution from the trypan blue addition. This final value is the number of viable cells per milliliter in the original cell suspension.
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Gently swirl the flask to ensure the cells are evenly distributed. Before the cells have a chance to settle, take out 0. Mix gently. Webinar transcript Counting cells allows the accurate determination of cell numbers, and therefore, consistency between experiments.
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Cell Counting with a Hemocytometer: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Many biological applications such as microbiology, cell culture, blood work and many others that use cells require that we determine cell concentration for our experiment. Cell counting is rather straightforward and requires a counting chamber called a hemocytometer, a device invented by the 19 th century French anatomist Louis-Charles Malassez to perform blood cell counts. A hemocytometer consists of a thick glass microscope slide with a grid of perpendicular lines etched in the middle. The grid has specified dimensions so that the area covered by the lines is known, which makes it possible to count the number of cells in a specific volume of solution.
Counting cells using a hemocytometer
For an accurate determination, the total number of cells overlying one 1 mm 2 should be between 15 and If the number of cells per 1 mm 2 exceeds 50, dilute the sample and count again. If the number of cells per 1 mm 2 is less than 15, use a less diluted sample. If less dilute samples are not available, count cells on both sides of the hemocytometer 8 x 1 mm 2 areas.
Cell Counting with a Hemocytometer