Density gradient centrifugation usually allows efficient separation of mononuclear cells from granulocytes using fresh human blood samples. However, we have found that with cryopreserved blood samples, density gradient centrifugation fails to separate granulocytes from mononuclear cells and have explored using immunomagnetic anti-CD15 microbeads as an alternate method to separate these cell populations. Using cryopreserved blood samples from 10 healthy donors we have shown that granulocytes express a significantly higher level of CD15 antigen than monocytes and lymphocytes, which allows for their efficient separation from mononuclear cells using anti-CD15 microbeads. This procedure is critical for purification of individual cell populations from cryopreserved leukocyte samples and could also potentially be applied to avoid granulocyte contamination of mononuclear cells isolated from stored blood and from patients with sepsis or thermal injury. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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