Detecting single cell interferon-beta production using a fluorescent reporter telomerase-immortalized human fibroblast cell line Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Recent data suggest that cells respond to infection by upregulating the antiviral cytokine interferon-beta (IFN-ß) in a fraction of infected cells. Approaches are thus needed to study these responses on a single-cell level rather than bulk population. Here, we describe a protocol to analyze the IFN-ß response of individual cells using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence microscopy. We show the heterogeneous IFN-ß response to inactivated Sendai virus and human cytomegalovirus, but this protocol can be adapted to other viruses. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Hare et al. (2020).

publication date

  • June 2021