EasySep™ Direct Human Neutrophil Isolation Kit

Immunomagnetic negative selection from whole blood kit

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EasySep™ Direct Human Neutrophil Isolation Kit

Immunomagnetic isolation of neutrophils directly from whole blood

100 mL whole blood
Catalog #19666
467 USD

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The EasySep™ Direct Human Neutrophil Isolation Kit isolates functional, highly purified neutrophils directly from human whole blood by immunomagnetic negative selection. No lysis, density gradient centrifugation or other processing steps are required and isolat​ed cells are immediately available for flow cytometry, functional assays, culture, and other downstream applications.

This product replaces the EasySep™ Human Neutrophil Isolation Kit (Catalog #19257) for even faster cell isolations.
• > 99.9% RBC depletion without the need for density gradient centrifugation, sedimentation, or lysis
• Up to 99% purity of isolated cells
• Fast, easy-to-use and column-free
• Isolated cells are untouched
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Magnet Compatibility:
• EasySep™ Magnet (Catalog #18000)
• “The Big Easy” EasySep™ Magnet (Catalog #18001)
• Easy 50 EasySep™ Magnet (Catalog #18002)
• EasyEights™ EasySep™ Magnet (Catalog #18103)
Cell Isolation Kits
Cell Type:
Granulocytes and Subsets
Sample Source:
Whole Blood
Selection Method:
Cell Isolation
Area of Interest:

Scientific Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Can EasySep™ be used for either positive or negative selection?

Yes. The EasySep™ kits use either a negative selection approach by targeting and removing unwanted cells or a positive selection approach targeting desired cells. Depletion kits are also available for the removal of cells with a specific undesired marker (e.g. GlyA).

How does the separation work?

Magnetic particles are crosslinked to cells using Tetrameric Antibody Complexes (TAC). When placed in the EasySep™ Magnet, labeled cells migrate to the wall of the tube. The unlabeled cells are then poured off into a separate fraction.

Which columns do I use?

The EasySep™ procedure is column-free. That's right - no columns!

How can I analyze the purity of my enriched sample?

The Product Information Sheet provided with each EasySep™ kit contains detailed staining information.

Can EasySep™ separations be automated?

Yes. RoboSep™, the fully automated cell separator, automates all EasySep™ labeling and cell separation steps.

Can EasySep™ be used to isolate rare cells?

Yes. We recommend a cell concentration of 2x108 cells/mL and a minimum working volume of 100 µL. Samples containing 2x107 cells or fewer should be suspended in 100 µL of buffer.

Are the EasySep™ magnetic particles FACS-compatible?

Yes, the EasySep™ particles are flow cytometry-compatible, as they are very uniform in size and about 5000X smaller than other commercially available magnetic beads used with column-free systems.

Can the EasySep™ magnetic particles be removed after enrichment?

No, but due to the small size of these particles, they will not interfere with downstream applications.

Can I alter the separation time in the magnet?

Yes; however, this may impact the kit's performance. The provided EasySep™ protocols have already been optimized to balance purity, recovery and time spent on the isolation.

For positive selection, can I perform more than 3 separations to increase purity?

Yes, the purity of targeted cells will increase with additional rounds of separations; however, cell recovery will decrease.

How does the binding of the EasySep™ magnetic particle affect the cells? is the function of positively selected cells altered by the bound particles?

Hundreds of publications have used cells selected with EasySep™ positive selection kits for functional studies. Our in-house experiments also confirm that selected cells are not functionally altered by the EasySep™ magnetic particles.

If particle binding is a key concern, we offer two options for negative selection. The EasySep™ negative selection kits can isolate untouched cells with comparable purities, while RosetteSep™ can isolate untouched cells directly from whole blood without using particles or magnets.
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Product Applications

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Data and Publications


Starting with Human Whole Blood from Normal Healthy Donors, the Typical Neutrophil (CD66b+CD16+) Content of the Non-lysed Final Isolated Fraction Is 97.3 ± 1.4% (Gated on CD45) or 94.0 ± 3.7% (Not Gated on CD45)

Figure 1. Typical EasySep™ Direct Human Neutrophil Isolation Profile

Starting with human whole blood from normal healthy donors, the typical neutrophil (CD66b+CD16+) content of the non-lysed final isolated fraction Is 97.3 ± 1.4% (gated on CD45) or 94.0 ± 3.7% (not gated on CD45). In the example above, the neutrophil (CD66b+CD16+) content of the lysed whole blood start sample and the non-lysed final isolated fraction is 50.6% and 97.2% (gated on CD45), respectively, or 43.6% and 95.9% (not gated on CD45), respectively. The starting frequency of neutrophils in the non-lysed whole blood start sample above is 0.04% (data not shown).


Nature communications 2018 NOV

Cis interaction between sialylated Fc$\gamma$RIIA and the $\alpha$I-domain of Mac-1 limits antibody-mediated neutrophil recruitment.

G. Saggu et al.


Vascular-deposited IgG immune complexes promote neutrophil recruitment, but how this process is regulated is still unclear. Here we show that the CD18 integrin Mac-1, in its bent state, interacts with the IgG receptor Fc$\gamma$RIIA in cis to reduce the affinity of Fc$\gamma$RIIA for IgG and inhibit Fc$\gamma$RIIA-mediated neutrophil recruitment under flow. The Mac-1 rs1143679 lupus-risk variant reverses Mac-1 inhibition of Fc$\gamma$RIIA, as does a Mac-1 ligand and a mutation in Mac-1's ligand binding $\alpha$I-domain. Sialylated complex glycans on Fc$\gamma$RIIA interact with the $\alpha$I-domain via divalent cations, and this interaction is required for Fc$\gamma$RIIA inhibition by Mac-1. Human neutrophils deficient in CD18 integrins exhibit augmented Fc$\gamma$RIIA-dependent recruitment to IgG-coated endothelium. In mice, CD18 integrins on neutrophils dampen IgG-mediated neutrophil accumulation in the kidney. In summary, cis interaction between sialylated Fc$\gamma$RIIA and the $\alpha$I-domain of Mac-1 alters the threshold for IgG-mediated neutrophil recruitment. A disruption of this interaction may increase neutrophil influx in autoimmune diseases.
The Biochemical journal 2018 JAN

Interrogating Parkinson's disease LRRK2 kinase pathway activity by assessing Rab10 phosphorylation in human neutrophils.

Fan Y et al.


There is compelling evidence for the role of the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) and in particular its kinase function in Parkinson's disease. Orally bioavailable, brain penetrant and potent LRRK2 kinase inhibitors are in the later stages of clinical development. Here, we describe a facile and robust assay to quantify LRRK2 kinase pathway activity by measuring LRRK2-mediated phosphorylation of Rab10 in human peripheral blood neutrophils. We use the selective MJFF-pRab10 monoclonal antibody recognising the Rab10 Thr73 phospho-epitope that is phosphorylated by LRRK2. We highlight the feasibility and practicability of using our assay in the clinical setting by studying a few patients with G2019S LRRK2 associated and sporadic Parkinson's as well as healthy controls. We suggest that peripheral blood neutrophils are a valuable resource for LRRK2 research and should be considered for inclusion in Parkinson's bio-repository collections as they are abundant, homogenous and express relatively high levels of LRRK2 as well as Rab10. In contrast, the widely used peripheral blood mononuclear cells are heterogeneous and only a minority of cells (monocytes and contaminating neutrophils) express LRRK2. While our LRRK2 kinase pathway assay could assist in patient stratification based on LRRK2 kinase activity, we envision that it may find greater utility in pharmacodynamic and target engagement studies in future LRRK2 inhibitor trials.
Biosensors & bioelectronics 2018 JAN

Mkit: A cell migration assay based on microfluidic device and smartphone.

Yang K et al.


Mobile sensing based on the integration of microfluidic device and smartphone, so-called MS2 technology, has enabled many applications over recent years, and continues to stimulate growing interest in both research communities and industries. In particular, it has been envisioned that MS2 technology can be developed for various cell functional assays to enable basic research and clinical applications. Toward this direction, in this paper, we describe the development of a MS2-based cell functional assay for testing cell migration (the Mkit). The system is constructed as an integrated test kit, which includes microfluidic chips, a smartphone-based imaging platform, the phone apps for image capturing and data analysis, and a set of reagent and accessories for performing the cell migration assay. We demonstrated that the Mkit can effectively measure purified neutrophil and cancer cell chemotaxis. Furthermore, neutrophil chemotaxis can be tested from a drop of whole blood using the Mkit with red blood cell (RBC) lysis. The effects of chemoattractant dose and gradient profile on neutrophil chemotaxis were also tested using the Mkit. In addition to research applications, we demonstrated the effective use of the Mkit for on-site test at the hospital and for testing clinical samples from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient. Thus, this developed Mkit provides an easy and integrated experimental platform for cell migration related research and potential medical diagnostic applications.
Experimental cell research 2017 MAY

The effects of activin A on the migration of human breast cancer cells and neutrophils and their migratory interaction.

D. Xie et al.


Activin A belongs to the superfamily of transforming growth factor beta (TGF$\beta$) and is a critical regulatory cytokine in breast cancer and inflammation. However, the role of activin A in migration of breast cancer cells and immune cells was not well characterized. Here, a microfluidic device was used to examine the effect of activin A on the migration of human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 cells and human blood neutrophils as well as their migratory interaction. We found that activin A promoted the basal migration but impaired epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced migration of breast cancer cells. By contrast, activin A reduced neutrophil chemotaxis and transendothelial migration to N-Formyl-Met-Leu-Phe (fMLP). Finally, activin A promoted neutrophil chemotaxis to the supernatant from breast cancer cell culture. Collectively, our study revealed the different roles of activin A in regulating the migration of breast cancer cells and neutrophils and their migratory interaction. These findings suggested the potential of activin A as a therapeutic target for inflammation and breast cancers.
Blood 2017

CD177 modulates human neutrophil migration through activation-mediated integrin and chemoreceptor regulation.

Bai M et al.


CD177 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein expressed by a variable proportion of human neutrophils that mediates surface expression of the antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody antigen proteinase 3. CD177 associates with β2 integrins and recognizes platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1), suggesting a role in neutrophil migration. However, CD177pos neutrophils exhibit no clear migratory advantage in vivo, despite interruption of in vitro transendothelial migration by CD177 ligation. We sought to understand this paradox. Using a PECAM-1-independent transwell system, we found that CD177pos and CD177neg neutrophils migrated comparably. CD177 ligation selectively impaired migration of CD177pos neutrophils, an effect mediated through immobilization and cellular spreading on the transwell membrane. Correspondingly, CD177 ligation enhanced its interaction with β2 integrins, as revealed by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, leading to integrin-mediated phosphorylation of Src and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). CD177-driven cell activation enhanced surface β2 integrin expression and affinity, impaired internalization of integrin attachments, and resulted in ERK-mediated attenuation of chemokine signaling. We conclude that CD177 signals in a β2 integrin-dependent manner to orchestrate a set of activation-mediated mechanisms that impair human neutrophil migration.