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The cytometry platform provides the scientific community with state-of-the-art analyzer and sorting cytometers. It also offers the expertise of its staff for the development of experimental protocols or new applications in cytometry, multi-color panels, and assistance for the analysis of cytometry data.

The cytometry platform is open to all research institutes and private companies.

The flow cytometry technique allows the multi-parametric analysis, very quickly, of individualized cells in suspension within a sample which may consist of different cell populations, even extremely rare. Sorting cytometers are capable of separately collecting identified cell subpopulations, or depositing a specific single cell into each well of 96- or 384-well plates for cloning or single-cell level analyses.


Plateforme de cytométrie de la SFR Necker

Faculté de Médecine Université de Paris

156-160 rue de Vaugirard

75015 Paris


Tél : 01 40 61 54 73


The SFR Necker cytometry platform is at 1st flour of the Faculty building



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Corinne Cordier

Head, IR Inserm​

Emmanuelle Six, PhD

Scientific referent​

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Simon Fillatreau, PhD

Scientific referent​

Jérome Mégret
Sara Rohou


The platform is equipped with 4 sorting cytometers and 2 analyzing cytometers including a spectral analyzer, and provides a laboratory dedicated to the cell sorting of infectious samples (pathogenic bacteria and viral infections).


The Sony ID7000 spectral analyzer cytometer can simultaneously analyze 41 fluorochromes for each cellular sample. It is equipped with an automatic sampler for 96 and 384 well plates and 5ml tubes and sample temperature control.


The sorters are equipped with a depositing machine which sorts and deposits a predefined number of cells in multi-well cell culture plates (96 or 384 wells), strips of micro - PCR tubes or microscope slides. Sorts in Single-Cell mode allow you to deposit a single cell in each well. The “Index Sorting” option makes it possible to identify the cells deposited in each well.

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Sony MA900 , dedicated to infectious sorting

4 lasers : 405, 488, 561 and 638nm


12 fluorescences can be detected simultaneously


70, 100 and 130um nozzles


Sorting speed is 12,000 cells per second


Sorter is confined under PSMII



Assisted services: The user is assisted by the platform staff for his experimental adjustments, or if the use of cytometers is infrequent.

Unassisted services: Platform staff train users on all cytometers to become self-sufficient.


The platform also provides data analysis software such as Diva, Sony, FlowJo, Kaluza, but also high-dimensional analysis by dimensionality reduction of complex multi-color data: OMIQ


Applications in cytometry:

  • phenotyping, membrane and intracellular multi-markings

  • analysis of cells transfected with fluorescent reporter systems (GFP, mCherry, etc.)

  • analysis of “Side Population” hematopoietic stem cells (Hoechst 33342)

  • mono-parametric cell cycle study (Permeabilized cells: IP, Intact cells: Hoechst33342), multi-parametric cell cycle study (Incorporation of nucleosides: BrdU, EdU, RNA labeling with Pyronin), cell cycle study with the colored indicators (red and green) genetically encoded FUCCI

  • analysis of cell death by apoptosis

  • study of the cell's vital parameters: cell proliferation (CFSE), mitochondrial membrane potential (JC-1, DiOC2, MitoTracker), enzymatic activity, membrane integrity (IP, Sytox dyes, 7-AAD), study of signaling pathways ( phospho-proteins)

  • multiplex assays (cytokines) with the BD Cytometric Bead Array

  • study of calcium flux (Indo-1)


The platform can develop new applications according to the technological potential of the equipment and their possible evolution.


Severe hematopoietic stem cell inflammation compromises chronic granulomatous disease gene therapy. Sobrino S., Magnani A.,Semeraro M., Martignetti L.,Cortal A., Denis A.,Couzin C., Picard C., Bustamante J., Magrin E., Joseph L., Roudaut C., Gabrion A., Soheili T., Cordier C., Lortholary O.,Lefrere F., Rieux–Laucat F., Casanova J. L.,Bodard S., Boddaert N., Thrasher A. J.,Touzot F., Taque S., Suarez F., Marcais A.,Guilloux A., Lagresle–Peyrou C., Galy A., Rausell A.,Blanche S., Cavazzana M., Six E. Cell Rep Med 2023 Feb 21 ;4(2):100919

doi : 10.1016/j.xcrm.2023.100919


Promitotic Action of Oenothera biennis on Senescent Human Dermal Fibroblasts. S. Ceccacci, K. Roger, I. Metatl, C. Chhuon, K. Tighanimine, S. Fumagalli, A. De Lucia, I. Pranke, C. Cordier, M. C. Monti and I. C. Guerrera. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23(23), 15153

doi : 10.3390/ijms232315153


Human anti-smallpox long-lived memory B cells are defined by dynamic interactions in the splenic niche and long-lasting germinal center imprinting. Chappert P, Huetz F, Espinasse MA, Chatonnet F, Pannetier L, Da Silva L, Goetz C, Mégret J, Sokal A, Crickx E, Nemazanyy I, Jung V, Guerrera C, Storck S, Mahévas M, Cosma A, Revy P, Fest T, Reynaud CA, Weill JC. Immunity. 2022 Oct 11;55(10):1872-1890.e9

 doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2022.08.019

Analysis of mRNA vaccination-elicited RBD-specific memory B cells reveals strong but incomplete immune escape of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant. Sokal A, Broketa M, Barba-Spaeth G, Meola A, Fernández I, Fourati S, Azzaoui I, de La Selle A, Vandenberghe A, Roeser A, Bouvier-Alias M, Crickx E, Languille L, Michel M, Godeau B, Gallien S, Melica G, Nguyen Y, Zarrouk V,Canoui-Poitrine F, Noizat-Pirenne F, Mégret J, Pawlotsky JM, Fillatreau S, Simon-Lorière E, Weill JC, Reynaud CA, Rey FA, Bruhns P, Chappert P, Mahévas M. Immunity. 2022 Jun 14; 55(6):1096-1104.e4

doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2022.04.002.

Direct contribution of skeletal muscle mesenchymal progenitors to bone repair. Julien A, Kanagalingam A, Martínez-Sarrà E, Megret J, Luka M, Ménager M, Relaix F, Colnot C. Nat Commun. 2021 May 17;12(1):2860.


Maturation and persistence of the anti-SARS-CoV-2 memory B cell response. Sokal A, Chappert P, Barba-Spaeth G, Roeser A, Fourati S, Azzaoui I, Vandenberghe A, Fernandez I, Meola A, Bouvier-Alias M, Crickx E, Beldi-Ferchiou A, Hue S, Languille L, Michel M, Baloul S, Noizat-Pirenne F, Luka M, Mégret J, Ménager M, Pawlotsky JM, Fillatreau S, Rey FA, Weill JC, Reynaud CA, Mahévas M. Cell. 2021 Mar 4;184(5):1201-1213.e14.


Toll-like receptor-9 stimulated plasmacytoid dendritic cell precursors suppress autoimmune neuroinflammation in a murine model of multiple sclerosis. Letscher H, Agbogan VA, Korniotis S, Gastineau P, Tejerina E, Gras C, Mégret J, Moe A, Drobyski WR, Zavala F. Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 26;11(1):4735.


Hepatitis B virus X protein promotes DNA damage propagation through disruption of liver polyploidization and enhances hepatocellular carcinoma initiation. Ahodantin J, Bou-Nader M, Cordier C, Mégret J, Soussan P, Desdouets C, Kremsdorf D. Oncogene. 2019 Apr;38(14):2645-2657.


A splenic IgM memory subset with antibacterial specificities is sustained from persistent mucosal responses. Le Gallou S, Zhou Z, Thai LH, Fritzen R, de Los Aires AV, Mégret J, Yu P, Kitamura D, Bille E, Tros F, Nassif X, Charbit A, Weller S, Weill JC, Reynaud CA. J Exp Med. 2018 Aug 6;215(8):2035-2053.


BAFF and CD4+ T cells are major survival factors for long-lived splenic plasma cells in a B-cell-depletion context. Thai LH, Le Gallou S, Robbins A, Crickx E, Fadeev T, Zhou Z, Cagnard N, Mégret J, Bole C, Weill JC, Reynaud CA, Mahévas M. Blood. 2018 Apr 5;131(14):1545-1555.


Periosteum contains skeletal stem cells with high bone regenerative potential controlled by Periostin. Duchamp de Lageneste O, Julien A, Abou-Khalil R, Frangi G, Carvalho C, Cagnard N, Cordier C, Conway SJ, Colnot C. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 22;9(1):773.

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