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posted on 17.09.2020 by Andrea Henriques-Pons, Carine P. Beatrici, Juan Camilo Sánchez-Arcila, Fabricio Alves Barbosa da Silva

Despite the remarkable evolution of flow cytometers, fluorescent probes, and flow cytometry analysis software, most users still follow the same ways for data analysis. Conventional flow cytometry analysis relies on the creation of dot plot sequences, based on two fluorescence parameters at a time, to evidence phenotypically distinct populations. Thus, reaching conclusions about the biological characteristics of the samples is a fragmented and challenging process. We present here the MCTA (Multiparametric Color Tendency Analysis), a method for data analysis that considers multiple labelings simultaneously, extending and complementing conventional analysis. The MCTA method executes the background fluorescence exclusion, spillover compensation, and a user-defined gating strategy for subpopulation analysis. The results are then presented in conventional FSC x SSC dot plots with statistical data. For each event, the method converts each of the multiple fluorescence colors under analysis into a vector, with longer vectors being attributed to more intense labelings. Then, the MCTA generates a resultant vector, which is therefore mostly influenced by predominant labelings. The radial position of this resultant vector corresponds to a resultant color, making it easy to visualize phenotypic modulations among cellular subpopulations. Besides, it is a deterministic method that quickly assigns a resulting color to all events that obey the gating strategy, with no polymeric regions defined by the user or downsampling. The MCTA application generates a single dot plot showing all events in the FCS file, but a resultant color is attributed only to those that obey the gating strategy. Therefore, it can also help to evidence rare events or unpredicted subpopulations naturally excluded from the regions defined by the user. We believe that the MCTA method adds a new perspective over multiparametric flow cytometry analysis while evidencing modulations of molecular labeling profiles based on multiple fluorescences. Availability and implementation: The instructions for the MCTA application is freely available at https://github.com/flowcytometry/MCTA.

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