Mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) segregates functionally distinct subsets within highly purified hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Here, we detail a protocol for FACS isolation of MMP sub-fractions of phenotypically defined mouse and human HSCs. These steps are followed by high-/super-resolution immunofluorescence microscopy of HSCs’ lysosomes. While the protocol describes the isolation of quiescent HSCs, which are the most potent subsets, it could also be applied to other HSC subsets. This protocol overcomes some experimental challenges associated with low HSC numbers. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Liang et al. (2020) and Qiu et al. (2021).
- Cell Biology
- Cell culture
- Cell isolation
- Flow Cytometry/Mass Cytometry
- Stem Cells