The Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core is an established core for the VDDRC. It has been supported on member requests and approved by the Executive Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board with substantial institutional support provided by the university. This core provides access to state-of-the-art equipment for analytical cytometric analysis, ceil counts and viability, and cell sorting, and it provides expert training and consulting on the use of these methodologies. The core facility maintains three LSRII analytical cytometers, a new Fortessa analytical machine, two FACSAria cell sorters, a Guava sheathless cytometer and associated data processing and software workstations. We offer paramagnetic pre-sorting with a Miltenyi AutoMACS. The core provides both Mac and PC workstations, an extensive toolbox of software for flow cytometry, and digital backup of data on a remote server. The core also houses facilities for immunologic assays using automated ELISpot readers, as well as access to a plate-loading cytometer for cytokine bead arrays or multiplex assays for other soluble factors. The staff provides both group and one-on one instruction to facilitate development of acquisition and analysis skills for all users. Trained users can use the analytical cytometers directly;sorting is an assisted-only service. The core also has worked with several of the VDDRC investigators to develop novel sorting techniques for elements of subcellular compartments such as vesicles. This technically forward work requires custom modification of the sorting cytometer in collaboration with the manufacturer, and involves a large number of technical components from gradient preparations, staining, lasers and fluidics, and downstream collection and proteomics analysis. This innovative work using polarized epithelial cells could not be conducted by individual investigators apart from the development team we have created. The core maintains an active development program to keep the instrumentation and systems current, functional, accessible, and easy to use. In fact, a number of our machines have been extensively customized with four or five lasers and special PMTs to accommodate user protocols. Individual researchers could not support this type of high-quality cytometry in their own labs due to the high cost of the instrumentation and maintenance. This core improves human health through the provision of technologies that increase prevention, diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease disorders.

Public Health Relevance

The Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory provides state-of-the-art high-end cytometry equipment and expert cytometrists to help DDRC investigators perform experiments to analyze cell populations in a highly quantitative way. The Core allows investigators to measure cell of particular types and also to physically sort and recover cells of interest for further study. This level of custom equipment and expertise otherwise would not be available to investigators.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDK1-GRB-8 (J1))
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
United States
Zip Code
Chaturvedi, R; de Sablet, T; Asim, M et al. (2015) Increased Helicobacter pylori-associated gastric cancer risk in the Andean region of Colombia is mediated by spermine oxidase. Oncogene 34:3429-40
Krakowiak, M S; Noto, J M; Piazuelo, M B et al. (2015) Matrix metalloproteinase 7 restrains Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric inflammation and premalignant lesions in the stomach by altering macrophage polarization. Oncogene 34:1865-71
Wei, Jinxiong; Noto, Jennifer M; Zaika, Elena et al. (2015) Bacterial CagA protein induces degradation of p53 protein in a p14ARF-dependent manner. Gut 64:1040-8
Wroblewski, Lydia E; Piazuelo, M Blanca; Chaturvedi, Rupesh et al. (2015) Helicobacter pylori targets cancer-associated apical-junctional constituents in gastroids and gastric epithelial cells. Gut 64:720-30
Buckman, Laura B; Hasty, Alyssa H; Flaherty, David K et al. (2014) Obesity induced by a high-fat diet is associated with increased immune cell entry into the central nervous system. Brain Behav Immun 35:33-42
Belkhiri, Abbes; El-Rifai, Wael (2014) 5-Methylcytosine hydroxylation-mediated LINE-1 hypomethylation: a novel mechanism of proto-oncogenes activation in colorectal cancer? Gut 63:538-9
Otero, Yolanda F; Lundblad, Tammy M; Ford, Eric A et al. (2014) Liver but not adipose tissue is responsive to the pattern of enteral feeding. Physiol Rep 2:e00250
Smith, Stephen; Tripathi, Rati; Goodings, Charnise et al. (2014) LIM domain only-2 (LMO2) induces T-cell leukemia by two distinct pathways. PLoS One 9:e85883
Radin, Jana N; Gonzalez-Rivera, Christian; Frick-Cheng, Arwen E et al. (2014) Role of connexin 43 in Helicobacter pylori VacA-induced cell death. Infect Immun 82:423-32
Horst, Sara; Shelby, Grace; Anderson, Julia et al. (2014) Predicting persistence of functional abdominal pain from childhood into young adulthood. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 12:2026-32

Showing the most recent 10 out of 620 publications