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Single Cell Analysis

Traditional methods for measuring uptake rates of metals in cells can be a time-consuming process with long instrument analysis and sample preparation time, often leading to qualitative or population-averaged results.

Nexion 2000 AwardThe award-winning NexION® ICP-MS Single Cell Analysis System, with its proprietary Asperon Single Cell Spray Chamber, Single Cell Micro DX Autosampler, and the Syngistix Single Cell Software Module, offers a unique opportunity to quantitatively measure the metal content in individual cells, unveiling new capabilities to study intrinsic metals and the uptake of dissolved (ionic) and nanoparticulate metals into cells, therefore providing new insights into drug delivery, toxicity assessment, bioavailability, and bioaccumulation mechanisms.





Cancer Research

Metallic-based cancer therapy drugs have been in use for several years, the most widely used being platinum-based drugs. The therapeutic effect of cancer treatment is related to the amount of drug that interacts with each individual cancer cell. Traditional drug-research techniques have been limited to cell ensemble measurements, which require homogenization of a given cell population for quantitative analysis. Cell populations are heterogeneous, and differences exist even for cells from the same cell population and cell line.

Single Cell ICP-MS enables you to precisely quantify drug content in individual cells, resulting in a histogram of the population showing not only the most frequent and mean masses of drug in the population but also the distribution throughout the population. It is an invaluable tool to investigate cell resistance to drug therapy and better understand the mobilization/immobilization mechanisms.

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Pharmaceuticals/Drug Development

Metals and metal compounds have been used in medicine for several thousands of years. Some are essential for normal function as cofactors or prosthetics in enzymes, some are used in diagnosis as radioisotope imaging or as contrast agents for medical imaging, and others are used for therapeutic purposes. If your research revolves around metals and metal compounds development and use, and you are interested in better understanding the mechanism by which these drugs interact with your targeted cells, Single Cell ICP-MS enables you to precisely quantify the absorbed dose at the cellular level, revealing important mechanistic information.


Ecotoxicology is a multidisciplinary field which integrates toxicology and ecology – it is the study of the effects of toxic chemicals on biological organisms at the population, community, ecosystem, and biosphere levels. Many metals, organometallic compounds and, recently, nanomaterials are studied for their ecotoxicology using biological organisms at the population and community level, missing critical mechanistic information to the absorbed dose and route of exposure at the cellular level. Single Cell ICP-MS enables you to precisely quantify the absorbed dose at the cellular level, revealing important information on the diversity of the biological system. It also enables the quantification of the number of metallic particles up-taken by each individual cell, offering unprecedented information to the absorbed dose.

Single Cell Analysis Featured Products

NexION 2000 B ICP Mass Spectrometer

PerkinElmer’s NexION® 2000 is the most versatile ICP-MS on the market, featuring an array of unique technologies that combine to deliver the highest performance no matter what your analytical challenge. Discover the effortless versatility of an instrument that makes it easy to handle any sample matrix, any interference, and any particle size.

PerkinElmer received on April 11, 2018 the Application Award from LaborPraxis in the category Bio and Pharma Analysis for the NexION 2000 ICP-MS. We were awarded this prize during analytica 2018 in Munich, Germany, in acknowledgment of a new technique enabling users to quantify the amount of metal in an individual cell for the first time.

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Syngistix for ICP-MS Single Cell Application Software Module

The Syngistix Single Cell Application Module, an extension of PerkinElmer’s Syngistix for ICP-MS software and NexION® ICP-MS instruments, is the ideal tool for laboratories analyzing metal content in cells, either from uptake of metals or metallic nanoparticles in solution or measuring the intrinsic metal content of the cell.

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Asperon Spray Chamber

The Asperon Spray Chamber, part of PerkinElmer's award-winning NexION® ICP-MS Single Cell Analysis System, is a proprietary sample introduction system that ensures cells are delivered intact to the ionization source for single cell analysis.

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Single Cell Micro DX Autosampler Kit for NexION 1000/2000 ICP-MS

The Single Cell Micro DX Autosampler is a microfluidic automation platform for samples with limited volume for precise microliter sampling.

It is part of PerkinElmer’s award-winning NexION® ICP-MS Single Cell Analysis System, which offers a first-to-market complete solution to quantitatively measure the metal content in individual cells, providing new insights into drug delivery, mobilization/immobilization of metal content, bioavailability, and bioaccumulation mechanisms.

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Single Cell Sample Introduction Kit for NexION 1000/2000 ICP-MS

The Single Cell ICP-MS Sample Introduction Kits are part of PerkinElmer’s award-winning NexION® ICP-MS Single Cell Analysis System. They include our proprietary Asperon Spray Chamber and HEN Single Cell Nebulizer as well as all of the additional consumables needed for single cell analysis with your NexION ICP-MS system.

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Featured Content

Quantification of Nanoparticle Uptake into Cancer Cells using Single Cell ICP-MS

Nanoparticles (NPs) have been of significant interest over the last two decades as they offer attractive benefits for drug delivery to overcome limitations in conventional chemotherapy.3 Nanoparticles can be engineered to carry both drugs and imaging probes to simultaneously detect and treat cancer. They may also be designed to specifically target diseased tissues and cells in the body. A number of nanoparticlebased cancer therapeutics have been approved for clinical use and/or are currently under development.

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New Research Evaluating Cisplatin Uptake in Ovarian Cancer Cells by Single Cell ICP-MS

Cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin are the most widely used of platinum-based cancer chemotherapy drugs in the Western world. Cisplatin's effectiveness is due to its ability to bind to the DNA, resulting in DNA-platinum (Pt) adducts, which bend the DNA. The cells must then repair the DNA damage, otherwise DNA replication is blocked resulting in cell death. Many cancers are initially sensitive to platinum-based treatment, but patients frequently relapse with tumors displaying resistance to further cisplatin therapy.

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