High-Content Screening (HCS)
High-content screening (HCS) or high-content analysis (HCA) describes a set of analytical methods using automated microscopy, multi-parameter image processing, and visualization tools to extract quantitative data from cell populations. HCS typically employs fluorescence imaging of samples in a high-throughput format and reports quantitatively on parameters such as spatial distribution of targets and individual cell and organelle morphology. Thermo Scientific™ CellInsight™ CX5, CellInsight™ CX7, and ArrayScan™ high-content analysis products have directly impacted every segment of biological research into cellular and systems biology and drug discovery.
BPAE cells imaged using the Thermo Scientific™ CellInsight™ CX5 platform and stained with DAPI (blue), Invitrogen™ Alexa Fluor™ 568 phalloidin (red), and Invitrogen™ goat anti–mouse IgG (H+L) secondary antibody, Alexa Fluor™ 488 conjugate (green).
A549 cell image acquired using the CellInsight CX7 platform and stained with Invitrogen™ HCS CellMask™ Blue (blue), Invitrogen™ Alexa Fluor™ 488 Phalloidin (green), and Invitrogen™ Alexa Fluor™ 750 goat anti–mouse IgG secondary antibody (pink).
HCA reagent selection guides
Drawing on decades of experience in fluorescence imaging, Molecular Probes™ HCS products are developed using Thermo Scientific High-Content Platforms with special considerations for the high-throughput workflow and automated imaging:
- Cell and nuclear masks for automated demarcation
- Robust functional probes for cell health interrogation
- Flexible assay workflow for automated processing
- Broad fluorophore choice for easy multiplexing
- Validated on multiple imaging platforms
Select from the reagents optimized for use with your HCA platform:
Other cell structure and segmentation tools
Clear identification of cell and nuclear boundaries in automated imaging requires fiducial markers that will label cellular structures robustly and reproducibly. Cell masks are designed specifically for automated imaging. Molecular Probes cell structure labels are widely used in microscope imaging and HCS.
Other cell health and cytotoxicity assays
We offer a diverse selection of imaging and microscopy assays for the analysis of cell viability, proliferation apoptosis, cell cycle and DNA repair, migration, adhesion and other cellular functions. Many of these assays have been validated specifically for HCS platforms.
Browse cell health and cytotoxicity assays by application:
New Cell Analysis Support Center
Find tips, troubleshooting help, and resources for your cell analysis workflow.
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