Nature Communications

CellCycleTRACER accounts for cell cycle and volume in mass cytometry data

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Recent studies have shown that cell cycle and cell volume are confounding factors when studying biological phenomena in single cells. Here we present a combined experimental and computational method, CellCycleTRACER, to account for these factors in mass cytometry data. CellCycleTRACER is applied to mass cytometry data collected on three different cell types during a TNFα stimulation time-course. CellCycleTRACER reveals signaling relationships and cell heterogeneity that were otherwise masked.