Single-cell transcriptome conservation in cryopreserved cells and tissues

Amy Guillaumet-Adkins, Gustavo Rodríguez-Esteban, Elisabetta Mereu, Maria Mendez-Lago, Diego A. Jaitin, Alberto Villanueva, August Vidal, Alex Martinez-Marti, Enriqueta Felip, Ana Vivancos, Hadas Keren-Shaul, Simon Heath (+4 others)
2017 Genome Biology  
A variety of single-cell RNA preparation procedures have been described. So far, protocols require fresh material, which hinders complex study designs. We describe a sample preservation method that maintains transcripts in viable single cells, allowing one to disconnect time and place of sampling from subsequent processing steps. We sequence single-cell transcriptomes from >1000 fresh and cryopreserved cells using 3'-end and full-length RNA preparation methods. Our results confirm that the
more » ... rvation process did not alter transcriptional profiles. This substantially broadens the scope of applications in single-cell transcriptomics and could lead to a paradigm shift in future study designs.
doi:10.1186/s13059-017-1171-9 pmid:28249587 pmcid:PMC5333448 fatcat:kpufju3zvvbcvni4t6e3atuo34