First author Dr. Si Chen and Dr. Imoukhuede report successful quantification of VEGFRs using quantum dots in “Multiplexing Angiogenic Receptor Quantification via Quantum Dots,” published in the American Chemical Society journal, Analytical Chemistry.
Clinical and biomedical research seeks single-cell quantification to better understand their roles in a complex, multicell environment. Recently, quantification of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs) provided important insights into endothelial cell characteristics and response in tumor microenvironments. However, existing technologies for quantifying plasma membrane receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) lack multiplexing capabilities, limiting detailed characterization. Here, we use the unique spectral properties of quantum dots (Qdots) to optimize and dually quantify VEGFR1 and VEGFR2 on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).