Cell-based quantification of biomarkers from an ultra-fast microfluidic immunofluorescent staining: application to breast cancer cell lines

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is one of the main techniques currently used in the clinics for biomarker characterization. It consists in colorimetric labeling with specific antibodies followed by microscopy analysis. The results are then used for diagnosis and therapeutic targeting. Well-known drawbacks of such protocols are their limited accuracy and precision, which prevent the clinicians from having quantitative and robust IHC results. With our work, we combined rapid microfluidic immunofluorescent staining with efficient image-based cell segmentation and signal quantification to increase the robustness of both experimental and analytical protocols. The experimental protocol is very simple and based on fast-fluidic-exchange in a microfluidic chamber created on top of the formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded (FFPE) slide by clamping it a silicon chip with a polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) sealing ring. The image-processing protocol is based on enhancement and subsequent thresholding of the local contrast of the obtained fluorescence image. As a case study, given that the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) protein is often used as a biomarker for breast cancer, we applied our method to HER2+ and HER2- cell lines. We report very fast (5 minutes) immunofluorescence staining of both HER2 and cytokeratin (a marker used to define the tumor region) on FFPE slides. The image-processing program can segment cells correctly and give a cell-based quantitative immunofluorescent signal. With this method, we found a good separation between positive and negative control samples in the biomarker expression space.


Published in:
Microfluidics, Biomems, And Medical Microsystems Xvi, 10491, UNSP 1049110
Presented at:
Conference on Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVI, San Francisco, CA, Jan 27-29, 2018
Year:
Jan 01 2018
Publisher:
Bellingham, SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
ISSN:
0277-786X
1996-756X
ISBN:
978-1-5106-1468-0
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