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Combined aptamer and transcriptome sequencing of single cells

By Cyrille L Delley, Leqian Liu, Maen F Sarhan, Adam R Abate

Posted 03 Dec 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/228338 (published DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21153-y)

The transcriptome and proteome encode distinct information that is important for characterizing heterogeneous biological systems. We demonstrate a method to simultaneously characterize the transcriptomes and proteomes of single cells at high throughput using aptamer probes and droplet-based single cell sequencing. With our method, we differentiate distinct cell types based on aptamer surface binding and gene expression patterns. Aptamers provide advantages over antibodies for single cell protein characterization, including rapid, in vitro, and high-purity generation via SELEX, and the ability to amplify and detect them with PCR and sequencing.

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