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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

Vybrant™ FAM Caspase-8 Assay Kit, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

The Vybrant™ FAM Caspase-8 Assay Kit employs a novel approach to detect active caspases that is based on a fluorescent inhibitor of caspases (FLICA™) methodology, essentially an affinity label. The reagent associates a fluoromethyl ketone (FMK) moiety, which can react covalently with a cysteine, with a caspase-specific amine acid sequence. For caspase-8, this recognition sequence is leucine-glutamic acid-threonine-aspartic acid (LETD). A fluorescein group is attached as a reporter. The FLICA reagent is thought to interact with the enzymatic reactive center of an activated caspase via the recognition sequence, and then to attach covalently through the FMK moiety. The FLICA inhibitor is cell permeant and noncytotoxic. Unbound FLICA molecules diffuse out of the cell and are washed away; the remaining green-fluorescent signal is a direct measure of the amount of active caspase that was present at the time the inhibitor was added. This kit includes the FLICA reagent specific for caspase-8, Hoechst 33342 stain, and propidium iodide stain, which allows the simultaneous evaluation of caspase activation, membrane permeability, and cell cycle by flow cytometry.

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

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

CellEvent® Caspase-3/7 Green ReadyProbes® Reagent is a fluorogenic, no-wash indicator of activated caspase-3/7 for live- and fixed-cell applications. Activation of caspase-3 is an early indicator of apoptosis and CellEvent® Caspase-3/7 Green reagent allows rapid and sensitive detection of cells destined for cell death.

• Simple and fast no-wash protocol helps preserve delicate apoptotic cells
• Compatible with both live-cell fluorescence imaging and formaldehyde-based fixation methods
• Ready-to-use liquid formulation in convenient dropper bottle—no need to dilute, weigh, or pipette
• Stability at room temperature—keep handy at your scope or cell culture area.

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Cell imaging applications
CellEvent® Caspase-3/7 Green reagent is a four amino acid peptide (DEVD) conjugated to a nucleic acid-binding dye that is non-fluorescent when not bound to DNA. The CellEvent® Caspase-3/7 Green reagent is intrinsically non-fluorescent, as the DEVD peptide inhibits binding of the dye to DNA. Upon activation of caspase-3/7 in apoptotic cells, the DEVD peptide is cleaved and the free dye can bind DNA, generating a bright green fluorescence. The fluorescence emission of the dye when bound to DNA is 530 nm and can be observed using a standard FITC filter set.

Suggestions for use
• In most cases, 2 drops/ml and an incubation time of 30 minutes is sufficient for bright nuclear staining of apoptotic cells; however, optimization may be needed for some cell types, conditions, and applications. In such cases, simply add more or fewer drops until the optimal staining intensity is obtained.
• If desired, combine CellEvent™ Caspase-3/7 Green ReadyProbes® reagent with a red or far-red nuclear stain for a total cell count
• CellEvent™ Caspase-3/7 Green dye is excited with a maximum at 502 nm and has an emission maximum at 530 nm. It is detected through standard GFP and FITC filters.

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

ApoDETECT Annexin V-FITC Kit (Invitrogen™)

The ApoDETECT Annexin V-FITC Kit provides all the reagents needed to detect the apoptotic cells. Annexin V is a Ca2+-dependent phospholipid binding protein. This protein can bind to a variety of phospholipids, but it has the highest affinity for phosphatidylserine (PS). The ApoDETECT Annexin V-FITC Kit binds to negatively charged phospholipid surfaces in a Ca2+-dependent manner. It also prevents the formation of the prothrombinase complex, thereby inhibiting formation of thrombin (anticoagulant activity). The ApoDETECT Annexin V-FITC Kit can be used to detect apoptotic cells by flow cytometry or immunofluorescent cytology.

Kit Attributes:

Applications: Validated application for ApoDETECT Annexin V-FITC Kit is detecting apoptotic cells by flow cytometry or immunofluorescent cytology.
Format: Vial(s)
Detection Method: Fluorescence microscopy
Product Size: One kit

In normal cells phosphatidylserine (PS) is located on the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. During the early stages of apoptosis, PS is translocated to the outer layer and is exposed on the external surface of the cell. This early event in apoptosis can be detected by using a sensitive method in which to detect PS exposure. Translocation of PS to the external surface of the plasma membrane is not a unique property of apoptotic cells, as this phenomenon also occurs during cell necrosis. However, during apoptosis, the cell membrane remains intact; whereas, during necrosis, the cell becomes leaky and loses its integrity. Therefore, it is necessary to assess membrane integrity together with PS translocation.

Annexin V is a Ca2+-dependent phospholipid binding protein. This protein can bind to a variety of phospholipids, but it has the highest affinity for phosphatidylserine (PS). Based on its affinity for PS, Annexin V can be utilized as a sensitive probe for cell surface exposure of PS. To use the Annexin V protein as a probe for apoptotic cells, the protein has been labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). In this form, the protein can be used directly for quantification of apoptotic cells. The measurement of Annexin V binding when performed simultaneously with a dye exclusion test (such as propidium iodide) can be used to effectively discriminate between apoptotic and necrotic cells.

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.

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

Membrane Permeability Dead Cell Apoptosis Kit with PO-PRO™-1 and 7-Aminoactinomycin D, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This flow cytometry product detects apoptosis on the basis of changes that occur in the permeability of cell membranes using PO-PRO™-1 and 7-aminoactinomycin D (7-AAD) nucleic acid stains. After staining a cell population with PO-PRO™-1 dye and 7-AAD, apoptotic cells show violet fluorescence, dead cells show violet and red fluorescence, and live cells show little or no fluorescence. These populations can easily be distinguished by a flow cytometer that uses both a violet laser and the 488 nm line of an argon-ion laser for excitation. Each kit contains sufficient reagents for approximately 200 flow cytometry tests.

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

Image-iT™ LIVE Red Caspase-3 and -7 Detection Kit, for microscopy (Invitrogen™)

The Image-iT™ LIVE Red Caspase-3 and -7 Detection Kit employs a novel approach to detect active caspases that is based on a fluorescent inhibitor of caspases (FLICA™) methodology, essentially an affinity label. The reagent associates a fluoromethyl ketone (FMK) moiety, which can react covalently with a cysteine, with a caspase-specific amine acid sequence. For caspase-3 and -7, this recognition sequence is aspartic acid-glutamic acid-valine-aspartic acid (DEVD). A sulforhodamine group (SR) is attached as a reporter. The FLICA reagent is thought to interact with the enzymatic reactive center of an activated caspase via the recognition sequence, and then to attach covalently through the FMK moiety. The FLICA inhibitor is cell permeant and noncytotoxic. Unbound FLICA molecules diffuse out of the cell and are washed away; the remaining red-fluorescent signal is a direct measure of the amount of active caspase that was present at the time the inhibitor was added.

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.

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

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.

Vybrant™ Apoptosis Assay Kit #4, YO-PRO™-1/Propidium Iodide (Invitrogen™)

The Vybrant Apoptosis Assay Kit #4 detects apoptosis on the basis of changes that occur in the permeability of cell membranes. This kit contains ready-to-use solutions of both YO-PRO-1 and propidium iodide nucleic acid stains. YO-PRO-1 stain selectively passes through the plasma membranes of apoptotic cells and labels them with moderate green fluorescence. Necrotic cells are stained red-fluorescent with propidium iodide.

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

eBioscience™ Annexin V Apoptosis Detection Kit eFluor™ 450 (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).

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis

Pacific Blue™ Annexin V/SYTOX™ AADvanced™ Apoptosis Kit, for flow cytometry (Invitrogen™)

This product detects the externalization of phosphatidylserine in apoptotic cells using recombinant annexin V conjugated to violet-fluorescent Pacific Blue™ dye and dead cells using SYTOX™ AADvanced™ stain. After staining a cell population with Pacific Blue™, annexin V and SYTOX™ AADvanced™, apoptotic cells show violet fluorescence, dead cells show red fluorescence, and live cells show little or no fluorescence. These populations are easily distinguished by a flow cytometer with the 405 nm and 488 nm lines for excitation. There is very little spectral overlap between the two dyes, therefore very little compensation is needed. Each kit contains sufficient reagents for approximately 50 flow cytometry tests.

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

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

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.