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Label-free haemogram using wavelength modulated Raman spectroscopy for identifying immune-cell subset

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P.C. Ashok, B.B. Praveen, E.C. Campbell, K. Dholakia, S.J. Powis

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Leucocytes in the blood of mammals form a powerful protective system against a wide range of dangerous pathogens. There are several types of immune cells that has specific role in the whole immune system. The number and type of immune cells alter in the disease state and identifying the type of immune cell provides information about a person's state of health. There are several immune cell subsets that are essentially morphologically identical and require external labeling to enable discrimination. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of using Wavelength Modulated Raman Spectroscopy (WMRS) with suitable machine learning algorithms as a label-free method to distinguish between different closely lying immune cell subset. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was performed on WMRS data from single cells, obtained using confocal Raman microscopy for feature reduction, followed by Support Vector Machine (SVM) for binary discrimination of various cell subset, which yielded an accuracy >85%. The method was successful in discriminating between untouched and unfixed purified populations of CD4+CD3+ and CD8+CD3+ T lymphocyte subsets, and CD56+CD3- natural killer cells with a high degree of specificity. It was also proved sensitive enough to identify unique Raman signatures that allow clear discrimination between dendritic cell subsets, comprising CD303+CD45+ plasmacytoid and CD1c+CD141+ myeloid dendritic cells. The results of this study clearly show that WMRS is highly sensitive and can distinguish between cell types that are morphologically identical.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy VI
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Research and Industry
EditorsAnita Mahadevan-Jansen, Wolfgang Petrich
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780819498526
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2014

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NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

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