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eBioscience™ Annexin V-Biotin Apoptosis Detection Kit (Invitrogen™)

Annexins are a family of calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding proteins, which bind to phosphatidylserine (PS) to identify apoptotic cells. In healthy cells, PS is predominantly located along the cytosolic side of the plasma membrane. Upon initiation of apoptosis, PS loses its asymmetric distribution in the phospholipid bilayer and translocates to the extracellular membrane, which is detectable with fluorescently labeled Annexin V. In early stages of apoptosis, the plasma membrane excludes viability dyes such as propidium iodide (PI) and 7-AAD, therefore cells which display only Annexin V staining (PI/7-AAD negative) are in early stages of apoptosis. During late-stage apoptosis, loss of cell membrane integrity allows Annexin V binding to cytosolic PS, as well as cell uptake of PI and 7-AAD. Annexin V staining, paired with 7-AAD or PI is widely used to identify apoptotic stages by flow cytometry.

Host
E.coli

Conjugate
Biotin

Purity
> 98% pure

Molecular Mass
35.8 kDa

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis

CellEvent™ Caspase-3/7 Green Detection Reagent (Invitrogen™)

CellEvent™ Caspase-3/7 Green Detection Reagent is a novel fluorogenic substrate for activated caspase-3/7 that is compatible with both live cell and fixed imaging, with absorption/emission maxima of ~502/530 nm. Activation of caspase-3 is an essential event during apoptosis, making this an optimized reagent for analysis of apoptotic cells.

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• Optimized caspase-3/7 substrate for apoptosis analysis
• Easy to use—add and read; no cell lysis required
• Use for time course measurements; easily select the time point of interest
• Compatible with both live cell fluorescence-imaging and formaldehyde-based fixation methods
• Multiplex enabled—combine with other fluorescent reagents to confirm apoptosis in the same cell or cell population

Substrate specifics
CellEvent Caspase-3/7 Green Detection Reagent is a four-amino acid peptide (DEVD) conjugated to a nucleic acid-binding dye with absorption/emission maxima of ~502/530 nm. The DEVD peptide sequence is a cleavage site for caspase-3/7, and the conjugated dye is non-fluorescent until cleaved from the peptide and bound to DNA.

Principles of action
CellEvent Caspase-3/7 Green Detection Reagent is intrinsically non-fluorescent as the DEVD peptide inhibits the ability of the dye to bind to DNA. However, after activation of caspase-3/7 in apoptotic cells, the DEVD peptide is cleaved, enabling the dye to bind to DNA and produce a bright, fluorogenic response. The fluorescent emission of the dye when bound to DNA is ~530 nm and can be observed using a standard FITC filter set.

Simple three-step protocol
To use CellEvent Caspase 3/7 Detection Reagent, simply add it to cells, incubate 30 minutes, and visualize (see figure). Apoptotic cells with activated caspase-3/7 will have bright green nuclei, while cells without activated caspase 3/7 will have minimal fluorescent signal (see figure).

Assay versatility allows for live cell detection and fixation
This robust assay enables the examination of caspase-3/7 activation in live cells. Furthermore, since wash steps are not necessary for detection, fragile apoptotic cells typically lost during wash steps are preserved. Importantly, the fluorescent signal from CellEvent Caspase 3/7 Detection Reagent can survive fixation and permeabilization. This allows for the flexibility to perform end-point assays and probe for other proteins of interest using immunocytochemistry.

Chromatin Condensation & Membrane Permeability Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with Hoechst 33342, YO-PRO™-1, and PI dyes, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This product detects apoptotic cells with changes in nuclear chromatin condensation and plasma membrane permeability, using three nucleic acid stains: UV-excitable Hoechst 33342, green fluorescent YO-PRO™ dye, and propidium iodide. The YO-PRO™ dye can enter apoptotic cells, whereas red-fluorescent propidium iodide (PI) cannot. Thus after staining with YO-PRO™-1 dye and PI, apoptotic cells show green fluorescence, and dead cells show primarily red fluorescence and some green fluorescence. Blue fluorescent Hoechst 33342 brightly stains the condensed chromatin of apoptotic cells and more dimly stains the normal chromatin of live cells. The staining pattern resulting from the simultaneous use of these three dyes makes it possible to distinguish normal, apoptotic and dead cell populations by flow cytometry or fluorescence microscopy.

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Metabolic Activity Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with C12 Resazurin, Annexin V APC, and SYTOX™ Green, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This flow cytometry product provides a three-color fluorescence assay that distinguishes live, apoptotic, and late apoptotic cells from one another. These populations can easily be distinguished using a flow cytometer that has both 488 nm and 633 nm excitation sources (an argon-ion laser and a HeNe laser) and the following reagents Annexin V to detect phosphatidylserine, C12 resazurin for cell metabolism, and SYTOX™ Green nucleic acid stain for compromised membranes.

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eBioscience™ Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kit FITC (Invitrogen™)

Annexins are a family of calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding proteins that preferentially bind phosphatidylserine (PS). Under normal physiologic conditions, PS is predominantly located in the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. Upon initiation of apoptosis, PS loses its asymmetric distribution across the phospholipid bilayer and is translocated to the extracellular membrane leaflet marking cells as targets of phagocytosis. Once on the outer surface of the membrane, PS can be detected by fluorescently labeled Annexin V in a calcium-dependent manner.

In early-stage apoptosis, the plasma membrane excludes viability dyes such as propidium iodide (PI), 7-AAD, or Fixable Viability Dyes such as eFluor™ 660 or eFluor™ 780. These cells will stain with Annexin V but not a viability dye, thus distinguishing cells in early apoptosis. However, in late stage apoptosis, the cell membrane loses integrity thereby allowing Annexin V to also access PS in the interior of the cell. A viability dye can be used to resolve these late-stage apoptotic and necrotic cells (Annexin V, viability dye-positive) from the early-stage apoptotic cells (Annexin V positive, viability dye-negative).

Note: Fixable Viability Dye eFluor™ 450 is not recommended for use with Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kits.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis

Click-iT™ Plus TUNEL Assay for In Situ Apoptosis Detection, Alexa Fluor™ 647 dye (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus TUNEL assay detects apoptotic cells in tissue and cultured cell samples through the use of a small, highly specific labeling moiety and a bright fluorescent dye. After incorporation of the labeling moiety into DNA fragments, detection is achieved through a catalyzed “click” reaction using conditions mild enough to preserve the fluorescent signal from GFP or RFP.

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• Optimized for the detection of apoptotic cells in either tissue or cell samples
• Multiplex enabled—optimized to work with fluorescent dyes or proteins such as GFP and RFP
• Improved TUNEL assay—better label incorporation due to small reactive moiety
• Bright apoptotic signal—uses Alexa Fluor® dyes, resulting in a stable, non-photobleaching fluorescent signal
• Flexibility—the assay can be configured to test from 1 to 50 samples at a time

Fragmentation of cellular DNA is a hallmark of apoptosis. The TUNEL assay is the most widely used method to detect fragmented DNA in apoptotic cells in tissue samples. The TUNEL assay begins with incorporation of modified dUTP at the 3’-OH end of the fragmented DNA. The dUTP modification is often the addition of a fluorophore. And due to the size of the fluorophore, the modified dUTP can display lower than expected incorporation rates. These lower incorporation rates can affect the sensitivity of the TUNEL assay. Additionally, the fluorophores used in currently available TUNEL assays suffer from photobleaching and fluorescent spectral overlap issues, both of which reduce sensitivity and ability to multiplex the assay.

The Click-iT® Plus TUNEL assay was developed to address these issues. The assay uses dUTP modified with an alkyne group (a small bio-orthogonal functional group) that allows the nucleotide to be more readily incorporated. After incorporation, a highly specific click reaction between the alkyne group and an Alexa Fluor® picolyl azide fluorescent dye, and subsequent detection of that dye, results in a sensitive and specific assay for the detection of apoptotic cells. Because of the gentle reaction conditions, the Click-iT® Plus TUNEL assay enables multiplexing with fluorescent proteins or dyes.

The Click-iT® Plus TUNEL assay has been validated with several different formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue types. In all cases the ability to multiplex with fluorescent proteins and dyes was preserved. Additionally, the ability to stain actin using fluorescent-labeled phalloidin was also preserved.

The Click-iT® Plus TUNEL assay contains all of the reagents needed to detect apoptotic cells from either tissue or cell samples. The reagents supplied in this kit can be used to test 50 samples and can be configured to test from 1 to 50 samples at a time.

Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Apoptosis Kit, with Mitotracker™ Red & Annexin V Alexa Fluor™ 488, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This flow cytometry product provides a rapid and convenient assay for two hallmarks of apoptosis - phosphatidylserine externalization and changes in mitochondrial membrane potential. After staining a cell population with Alexa Fluor™ 488 annexin V and MitoTracker™ Red CMXRos dye in the provided binding buffer, live cells exhibit very little green fluorescence and bright red fluorescence, whereas apoptotic cells exhibit green fluorescence and decreased red fluorescence. These populations can easily be distinguished using a flow cytometer, and the 488 nm line of an argon-ion laser can be used to excite both dyes.

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Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with Annexin V Alexa Fluor™ 488 & Propidium Iodide (PI) (Invitrogen™)

The Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with Annexin V Alexa Fluor™ 488 & Propidium Iodide is a flow cytometry kit used to measure early apoptosis by detecting phosphatidyl serine expression and membrane permeability.

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Superior brightness
Unlike other Annexin V kits that have lower protein concentrations or purification levels, the Annexin V Alexa Fluor™ 488 conjugate is optimized for flow cytometry to provide the largest separation between apoptotic and live cells. The Alexa Fluor™ 488 dye is a superior green-fluorescent dye with a spectrum similar to fluorescein (FITC).

High binding efficiency
Annexin V conjugates are made from a highly purified cys-annexin, which leads to higher binding efficiency, resulting in highly accurate characterization of the apoptotic process.

Multi-parametric
Many publications require a minimum of two different ways to identify that cells are apoptotic. This multi-parametric kit detects phosphatidyl serine (PS) on the cytoplasmic surface of the cell membrane and membrane integrity using propidium iodide.

How it works
When cells are stained with Annexin V and propidium iodide, apoptotic cells expressing PS show green fluorescence, which can be detected in the FITC channel, and low red fluorescence. Dead or necrotic cells show bright red fluorescence and no green fluorescence, while live cells show no green or red fluorescence.

EnzChek™ Caspase-3 Assay Kit #1, Z-DEVD-AMC substrate (Invitrogen™)

The EnzChek Caspase-3 Assay Kit #1 allows detection of apoptosis by providing a simple and reliable method for assaying caspase-3 activity. The basis for the assay is the aminomethylcoumarin (AMC)-derived substrate Z-DEVD-AMC. This substrate, which is weakly fluorescent in the UV range (excitation/emission maxima ~330/390 nm), yields a bright, blue-fluorescent product (excitation/emission maxima ~342/441 nm) upon proteolytic cleavage. The kit can be used to continuously measure the activity of caspase-3 and closely related proteases in cell extracts and purified enzyme preparations, using a fluorometer or fluorescence microplate reader.

Click-iT™ TUNEL Colorimetric IHC Detection Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT™ TUNEL Colorimetric IHC Detection Kit is used to identify apoptotic cells in tissue and cultured cell samples through the use of a small, highly specific labeling moiety and streptavidin-peroxidase conjugation. After incorporation of the labeling moiety into sites of DNA fragmentation, detection is achieved through a catalyzed "click" reaction that adds a biotin group at these sites. The subsequent addition of a streptavidin-peroxidase and peroxidase substrate results in a dark brown signal that can be detected with light microscopy and stored for future analysis.

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• Optimized for the detection of apoptotic cells in either tissue or cell samples
• Improved colorimetric TUNEL assay—better label incorporation due to small reactive moiety
• Increased sensitivity—specific label incorporation results in lower background and brighter signal
• Content-rich results—cell morphology, cellular environment, and apoptotic signal are clearly visible
• Flexibility—the assay can be configured for 50 independent TUNEL apoptosis tests

The later stages of apoptosis are characterized by changes in nuclear morphology, chromatin condensation, nuclear envelope degradation, and DNA fragmentation. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assays are based on the incorporation of modified dUTPs by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) at the 3’-OH ends of fragmented DNA. Colorimetric TUNEL assays utilize dUTPs conjugated with a biotin moiety, followed by the addition of a streptavidin-peroxidase conjugate and peroxidase substrate, resulting in a dark brown apoptotic signal. However, colorimetric TUNEL assays are prone to high background, which reduces the sensitivity and specificity of the signal.

The Click-iT TUNEL Colorimetric IHC Detection Kit was developed to address these issues by utilizing a dUTP modified with an alkyne group (a small bio-orthogonal functional group) that enables the nucleotide to be more readily incorporated by TdT. After incorporation, a highly specific click reaction covalently links biotin azide and the alkyne group. Streptavidin-peroxidase (horseradish peroxidase) followed by peroxidase substrate (DAB) are added, allowing colorimetric detection of apoptotic cells. The high degree of labeling specificity inherent in the click technology results in low background and improved detection of apoptotic cells.

The Click-iT TUNEL Colorimetric IHC Detection Kit has been optimized and contains all of the reagents needed for detection of apoptotic cells from either tissue or cell samples. The reagents supplied in this kit can be used to test 50 samples and configured to test from one to 50 samples at a time.

Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with Annexin V PE and SYTOX™ Green, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This product detects the externalization of phosphatidylserine in apoptotic cells using recombinant annexin V conjugated to the orange fluorescent phycobiliprotein R-PE, and dead cells using SYTOX™ Green nucleic acid stain. After treatment with both probes, apoptotic cells show orange fluorescence, dead cells show green fluorescence, and live cells show little or no fluorescence. These populations can easily be distinguished in the 530/30 nm and 585/42 nm bandpass filters with a 488 nm laser flow cytometer.

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Apoptotic DNA Ladder Kit (Invitrogen™)

The ApoTarget™ Quick Apoptotic DNA Ladder Detection Kit provides a simple and rapid procedure for extraction of chromosomal DNA. The procedure prepares DNA for use in the methods that detect DNA fragmentation in apoptotic cells. Unlike other kits requiring 1 to 2 days to finish, this detection method requires only less than 90 minutes to prepare DNA in a single tube without the need for extraction or column steps. DNA fragmentation can be easily visualized by agarose gel electrophoresis. This procedure increases recovery of small fragmented DNA, thereby improving the sensitivity of the assay.

eBioscience™ Annexin V-FITC Apoptosis Detection Kit (Invitrogen™)

Annexins are a family of calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding proteins, which bind to phosphatidylserine (PS) to identify apoptotic cells. In healthy cells, PS is predominantly located along the cytosolic side of the plasma membrane. Upon initiation of apoptosis, PS loses its asymmetric distribution in the phospholipid bilayer and translocates to the extracellular membrane, which is detectable with fluorescently labeled Annexin V. In early stages of apoptosis, the plasma membrane excludes viability dyes such as propidium iodide (PI) and 7-AAD, therefore cells which display only Annexin V staining (PI/7-AAD negative) are in early stages of apoptosis. During late-stage apoptosis, loss of cell membrane integrity allows Annexin V binding to cytosolic PS, as well as cell uptake of PI and 7-AAD. Annexin V staining, paired with 7-AAD or PI is widely used to identify apoptotic stages by flow cytometry.

Host
E.coli

Conjugate
FITC

Laser
Blue Laser

Emit
520 nm

Excite
488 nm

Purity
> 98% pure

Molecular Mass
35.8 kDa

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis

eBioscience™ Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kit PerCP-eFluor™ 710 (Invitrogen™)

Annexins are a family of calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding proteins that preferentially bind phosphatidylserine (PS) in all mammalian species. Under normal physiologic conditions, PS is predominantly located in the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. Upon initiation of apoptosis, PS loses its asymmetric distribution across the phospholipid bilayer and is translocated to the extracellular membrane leaflet marking cells as targets of phagocytosis. Once on the outer surface of the membrane, PS can be detected by fluorescently labeled Annexin V in a calcium-dependent manner.

In early-stage apoptosis, the plasma membrane excludes viability dyes such as propidium iodide (PI), 7-AAD, or Fixable Viability Dyes such as eFluor™ 660 or eFluor™ 780. These cells will stain with Annexin V but not a viability dye, thus distinguishing cells in early apoptosis. However, in late stage apoptosis, the cell membrane loses integrity thereby allowing Annexin V to also access PS in the interior of the cell. A viability dye can be used to resolve these late-stage apoptotic and necrotic cells (Annexin V, viability dye-positive) from the early-stage apoptotic cells (Annexin V positive, viability dye-negative).

Due to the emission spectrum of PerCP-eFluor™ 710, the Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kit PerCP-eFluor™ 710 is not compatible with propidium iodide and 7-AAD. It is recommended to substitute a Fixable Viability Dye such as eFluor™ 660 or eFluor™ 780 in their place.

Not included:
Fixable Viability Dye eFluor™ 660 (cat. 65-0864)
Fixable Viability Dye eFluor™ 780 (cat. 65-0865)

Note: Fixable Viability Dye eFluor™ 450 is not recommended for use with Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kits.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis

Single-Channel Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with Annexin V Alexa Fluor™ 488 and SYTOX™ Green Dyes, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This product detects the externalization of phosphatidylserine in apoptotic cells using recombinant annexin V conjugated to green-fluorescent Alexa Fluor™ 488 dye and dead cells using SYTOX™ Green nucleic acid stain. After treatment with both probes, apoptotic cells show green fluorescence, dead cells show brighter green fluorescence, and live cells show little or no fluorescence. These populations can easily be distinguished in the FL1 channel of a flow cytometer, freeing the other channels for detection of other fluorescent colors.

View a selection guide for all apoptosis assays for flow cytometry.