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LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Violet Dead Cell Stain Kit, for 405 nm excitation (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Violet Dead Cell Stain Kit is used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. This kit has been optimized and validated for use with a violet laser flow cytometer.

• Stable—dyes are freeze dried in separate vials to maintain stability
• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation
• Low compensation—minimal spectral overlap between other fluorophores

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Violet Stain has been conveniently packaged in 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to completely use the vial once rehydrated. If this is not possible, aliquot the vials in small volumes and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze-thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with fixatives such as formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixation methods required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Violet Stain is an amine reactive dye that binds covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, and the staining pattern is preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Low compensation
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Violet Stain was selected based on its fluorescent properties to minimize compensation between other violet dyes and dyes that excite off of the 488 nm blue laser. The violet-fluorescent reactive dye has an excitation maximum of ~416 nm and is excited well with the 405 nm violet laser, and it has an emission maxima of ~451 nm, so it can be collected in the first channel on most violet laser flow cytometers.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dye reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells, allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs.

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Aqua Dead Cell Stain Kit, for 405 nm excitation (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Aqua Dead Cell Stain Kit is used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. This kit has been optimized and validated for use with a violet laser flow cytometer.

• Stable—dyes are freeze dried in separate vials to maintain stability
• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation
• Low compensation—minimal spectral overlap between other fluorophores

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Aqua Stain has been conveniently packaged in 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to completely use the vial once rehydrated. If this is not possible, aliquot the vials in small volumes and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze-thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with fixatives such as formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixation methods required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Aqua Stain is an amine reactive dye that binds covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, and the staining pattern is preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Low compensation
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Aqua Stain was selected based on its fluorescent properties to minimize compensation between other violet dyes and dyes that excite off of the 488 nm blue laser. The aqua-fluorescent reactive dye has an excitation maximum of ~375 nm, but it is excited well with the 405 nm violet laser, and it has an emission maxima of ~512 nm, so it can be collected in the second channel on most violet laser flow cytometers.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dye reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells, allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs.

LIVE/DEAD™ Yeast Viability Kit (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD® Yeast Viability Kit combines a novel two-color fluorescent probe for yeast viability, FUN® 1, with a fluorescent fungal surface labeling reagent Calcofluor® White M2R. Plasma membrane integrity and metabolic function of fungi are required to convert the yellow-green-fluorescent intracellular staining of FUN® 1 into red-orange intravacuolar structures; Calcofluor White M2R labels cell-wall chitin with blue-fluorescence regardless of metabolic state.

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Near-IR Dead Cell Stain Kit, for 633 or 635 nm excitation (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Near-IR Dead Cell Stain Kit is used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. This kit has been optimized and validated for use with a red laser flow cytometer.

• Stable—dyes are freeze dried in separate vials to maintain stability

• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation

• Bright signal—allows for easy distinction between live/dead cells in single channel

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Near-IR Stain has been conveniently packaged in 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to completely use the vial once rehydrated. If this is not possible, aliquot the vials in small volumes and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze-thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with fixatives such as formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixation methods required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Near-IR Stain is an amine reactive dye that binds covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, and the staining pattern is preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Optimal brightness
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Near-IR stain was selected based on its fluorescent properties to provide a bright signal when excited with a red laser. The near-IR fluorescent reactive dye has an excitation maximum of ~633 nm making it ideal for use with the red or HeNe laser with an emission of ~750 nm. Since live and dead cells can be discriminated using a single dye and a single channel of a flow cytometer, it is an ideal choice for multi-color experiments.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dye reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells, allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs.

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Yellow Dead Cell Stain Kit, for 405 nm excitation (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Yellow Dead Cell Stain Kit is used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. This kit has been optimized and validated for use with a violet laser flow cytometer.

• Stable—dyes are freeze dried in separate vials to maintain stability
• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation
• Low compensation—minimal spectral overlap between other fluorophores

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Yellow Stain has been conveniently packaged in 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to completely use the vial once rehydrated. If this is not possible, aliquot the vials in small volumes and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze-thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with fixatives such as formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixation methods required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Yellow Stain is an amine reactive dye that binds covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, and the staining pattern is preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Low compensation
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Yellow Stain was selected based on its fluorescent properties to minimize compensation between other violet dyes and dyes that excite off of the 488 nm blue laser. The yellow-fluorescent reactive dye has an excitation maximum of ~405 nm, but it is excited well with the 405 nm violet laser, and it has an emission maxima of ~570 nm, so it can be collected in the second or third channel on most violet laser flow cytometers.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dye reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells, allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs.

CellROX™ Orange Flow Cytometry Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The CellROX™ Orange Flow Cytometry Assay Kit enables the flow cytometric detection of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in live cells. The kit includes the novel, fluorogenic CellROX™ Orange Reagent, as well as SYTOX™ Red Dead Cell Stain, N-acetyl cysteine (an antioxidant, for negative control), and tert-butyl hydroperoxide solution (TBHP, an inducer of ROS).

View a selection guide for all CellROX® Reagents and Kits.

The CellROX™ Orange Flow Cytometry Assay Kit features:

• Fluorogenic probe formulated for flow cytometry that is oxidized in the presence of ROS
• Multicolor compatibility—minimal overlap with fluorophores excited by other laser lines, allowing easy multiplexing with other reagents
• Simple protocol—cells can be stained in complete media or other appropriate buffer, no need for serum free media

The CellROX™ Orange Detection Reagent is cell-permeable and non-fluorescent or very weakly fluorescent while in the reduced state. Upon oxidation, the reagent exhibits a strong fluorogenic signal that has absorption/emission maxima of 545/565 nm and remains localized in the cytoplasm. When used together with the included SYTOX™ Red Dead Cell Stain, oxidatively stressed and nonstressed cells are reliably distinguished from dead cells by flow cytometry.

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stain Sampler Kit (Invitrogen™)

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable dead cell stains are used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. The stains in the sampler kit have been optimized and validated for use in flow cytometry.

• Stable—dyes are freeze-dried in separate vials to maintain stability
• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation
• Bright signal—allows for easy distinction between live/dead cells in single channel

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable dead cell stains in this sampler kit have been conveniently packaged in eight 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine-reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to use the vial completely once rehydrated or aliquot the solution and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixatives required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable dead cell stains are amine-reactive dyes that bind covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, allowing the staining pattern to be preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Optimal brightness
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable dead cell stains were selected based on their fluorescent properties to provide a bright signal when excited with the optimal lasers. Since live and dead cells can be discriminated using a single dye and a single channel of a flow cytometer, these dead cell stains are an ideal choice for multi-color experiments.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dead cell stain reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable dead cell stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs. The sampler kit provides one vial (40 assays) of each of the eight dead cell stains available.

Find the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stain that fits your needs:

• For UV lasers: blue
• For violet lasers: aqua, violet, or yellow
• For blue lasers: green or red
• For red lasers: far-red or near-IR

LIVE/DEAD™ Sperm Viability Kit (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD Sperm Viability Kit provides a novel fluorescence-based assay for analyzing the viability and fertilizing potential of sperm by fluorescence microscopy or flow cytometry. Membrane-permeant SYBR® 14 nucleic acid stain labels live sperm with green fluorescence, and membrane-impermeant propidium iodide labels the nucleic acids of membrane-compromised sperm with red fluorescence.

LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Dead Cell Stain Kit, for UV excitation (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Dead Cell Stain Kit is used to determine the viability of cells prior to the fixation and permeabilization required for intracellular antibody staining or prior to elimination of biohazardous materials using formaldehyde fixation. This kit has been optimized and validated for use with a UV laser flow cytometer.

• Stable—dyes are freeze dried in separate vials to maintain stability

• Robust—staining pattern is the same before and after fixation

• Bright signal—allows for easy distinction between live/dead cells in single channel

View a selection guide for all fixable viability dyes for flow cytometry.

Stable
Unlike products that are sold in solution, the LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Stain has been conveniently packaged in 40-test vials to help ensure the stability and performance of the dye over time. Amine reactive dyes in solution will lose their effectiveness over a short period of time, therefore it is recommended to completely use the vial once rehydrated. If this is not possible, aliquot the vials in small volumes and store at -80°C, avoiding freeze-thaw cycles.

Robust
Dead cell discriminator stains can lose sensitivity after treatment with fixatives such as formaldehyde or ethanol-based fixation methods required for intracellular phosphorylation studies. The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Stain is an amine reactive dye that binds covalently to intracellular and extracellular amines, and the staining pattern is preserved following formaldehyde fixation.

Optimal brightness
The LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Stain was selected based on its fluorescent properties to provide a bright signal when excited with a UV laser. The blue-fluorescent reactive dye has an excitation maximum of ~350 nm, making it ideal for use with an UV laser, and an emission of ~450 nm. By switching viability staining from a channel off of the blue 488 nm laser to the UV laser, you will free up a channel on your flow cytometer for other reagents that are difficult to find in colors other than FITC or PE. By using the UV laser, there is no spectral overlap issues with other common dyes, thus eliminating the need to compensate the viability stains from other stains in your panel. Since live and dead cells can be discriminated using a single dye and a single channel of a flow cytometer, it is an ideal choice for multi-color experiments.

How it works
In cells with compromised membranes, the dye reacts with free amines both in the cell interior and on the cell surface, yielding intense fluorescent staining. In viable cells, the dye's reactivity is restricted to the cell-surface amines, resulting in less intense fluorescence. The difference in intensity is typically greater than 50-fold between live and dead cells, allowing for easy discrimination.

Colors available
LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Dead Cell Stains are available in a wide variety of colors to meet your multi-color panel needs.

FUN™ 1 Cell Stain (Invitrogen™)

FUN® 1 is a unique two-color fluorescent viability probe for yeast and fungi. The FUN® 1 stain passively diffuses into a variety of cell types and initially stains the cytoplasm with a diffusely distributed green fluorescence. However, in several common species of yeast and fungi, subsequent processing of the dye by live cells results in the formation of distinct vacuolar structures with compact form that exhibit a striking red fluorescence, accompanied by a reduction in the green cytoplasmic fluorescence. Formation of the intravacuolar structures requires both plasma membrane integrity and metabolic capability. Dead cells fluoresce bright yellow-green, with no discernable red structures.

XTT (2,3-Bis-(2-Methoxy-4-Nitro-5-Sulfophenyl)-2H-Tetrazolium-5-Carboxanilide) (Invitrogen™)

XTT is used to assess cell viability as a function of redox potential. Actively respiring cells convert the water-soluble XTT to a water-soluble, orange colored formazan product. Unlike MTT, XTT does not require solubilization prior to quantitation, thereby reducing the assay time in many viability assay protocols. Moreover, the sensitivity of the XTT reduction assay is reported to be similar to or better than that of the MTT reduction assay.

LIVE/DEAD™ BacLight™ Bacterial Viability Kit, for microscopy & quantitative assays (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD BacLight Bacterial Viability Kit *for microscopy and quantitative assays* is a convenient and easy-to-use kit for monitoring the viability of bacterial populations as a function of the membrane integrity of the cell. Cells with a compromised membrane that are considered to be dead or dying will stain red, whereas cells with an intact membrane will stain green.

View additional information about all microbiological analysis products.

LIVE/DEAD™ Cell Imaging Kit (488/570) (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit is a sensitive two-color fluorescence cell viability assay optimized for FITC and Texas Red® filters. Quick and easy to use, the kit allows discrimination between live and dead cells with two probes that measure recognized parameters of cytotoxicity and cell viability—intracellular esterase activity and plasma membrane integrity.

The LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit *488/570* offers:

Fast, simple determination of live and dead cells

• Accuracy with convenience
• Sensitive probes ideal for FITC and Texas Red filters


Dual Probe-Based Assay for Imaging Platforms
Just like our popular LIVE/DEAD® Viability/Cytotoxicity assay, the new LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit is based on a cell-permeable dye for staining of live cells and a cell-impermeable dye for staining of dead and dying cells, which are characterized by compromised cell membranes. To adapt this important assay for imaging platforms, the LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit components were optimized for the common green and red imaging filters used with FITC and Texas Red. The live cell component produces an intense, uniform green fluorescence in live cells (ex/em 488 nm/515 nm). The dead cell component produces a predominantly nuclear red fluorescence (ex/em 570nm/602 nm) in cells with compromised cell membranes, a strong indicator of cell death and cytotoxicity (Fig 1).

Quick, Exact Determination of Viability and Cytotoxicity
The LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging kit provides very sensitive detection of key measures of cell health: viability, live/dead ratio, and cytotoxicity. The components of the LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging kit are configured for ease of use with minimal dilutions.

Assay Principle
With the LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit, live cells are distinguished by the presence of ubiquitous intracellular esterase activity as determined by the enzymatic conversion of the virtually non-fluorescent cell-permeant calcein AM to the intensely fluorescent calcein, which is well-retained within live cells. The red component of the LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit is cell-impermeant and therefore only enters cells with damaged membranes. In dying and dead cells a bright red fluorescence is generated upon binding to DNA. Background fluorescence levels are inherently low with this assay technique because the dyes are virtually non-fluorescent before interacting with cells. The fluorophores in the LIVE/DEAD® Cell Imaging Kit were selected for their brightness, spectral properties (FITC and Texas Red filters), and ease of use. Packaged for workflow convenience, they allow for effortless and quick determination of the fractions of live and dead cells in a population.

See other Molecular Probes imaging tools and reagents

PrestoBlue™ HS Cell Viability Reagent (Invitrogen™)

PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent is a ready-to-use resazurin-based solution that functions as a cell health indicator by using the reducing power of living cells to quantitatively measure viability. Upon entering living cells, resazurin is reduced to resorufin, a compound that is red in color and highly fluorescent. High background fluorescence caused by various contaminants reduces the performance of resazurin-based reagents. To improve the performance an innovative purification process was developed that removes these contaminants. This highly purified, non-toxic resazurin was used in the standard PrestoBlue formulation, creating the PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent. Changes in viability can be easily detected using either an absorbance- or fluorescence-based plate reader. The PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent has been optimized for the fast and reliable detection of mammalian cell viability.

PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent features include:
• Removal of contaminants from resazurin—displays a >50% reduction in background fluorescence
• Signal-to-background ratio increased by >100%—results in large assay signal window
• Highly sensitive reagent with a linear response—detects as few as 10 cells per well
• Convenient add-and-read format—no mixing, no washing, no cell lysis, and compatible with either fluorescence- or absorbance-based instrumentation
• Optimized for reliable detection of mammalian cell viability in only 10 minutes

Measuring changes in cell viability is a fundamental method for assessing cell health, determining genotoxicity, and evaluating anti-cancer drugs. Cell health can be monitored by detecting changes in several key indicators, including changes to plasma membrane integrity, DNA synthesis, DNA content, enzyme activity, presence of ATP, and cellular reducing environment.

Monitoring changes to the cellular reducing environment or metabolic activity by using resazurin-based reagents is a well-established and reliable indicator of cell viability or death. Upon entering living cells, the cellular reducing environment reduces resazurin to resorufin, a compound that is red in color and highly fluorescent. Viable cells continuously convert resazurin to resorufin, increasing the overall fluorescence of the medium surrounding the cells. Additionally, the conversion of resazurin to resorufin results in a pronounced color change, thus cell viability can also be detected using absorbance-based plate readers.

As a consequence of the synthesis and manufacturing processes, all resazurin-based reagents contain a detectable amount of resorufin contamination. The amount of contamination can vary greatly between sources of the material and manufacturing conditions, contributing to differences in detectable background fluorescence. An innovative process was developed that removes the contaminating resorufin, resulting in the highly pure resazurin used in PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent. This highly pure resazurin produces a >50% decrease in background fluorescence and a >100% increase in the signal-to-background ratio. Mammalian cell viability can be detected after a 10-minute incubation with PrestoBlue HS Cell Viability Reagent. Since no lysis is required, the diluted PrestoBlue HS solution can be removed and replaced with complete growth medium, for further culturing of the cells.

LIVE/DEAD™ Reduced Biohazard Cell Viability Kit #1, green & red fluorescence (Invitrogen™)

The LIVE/DEAD Reduced Biohazard Cell Viability Kit #1 is a convenient and easy-to-use cell viability kit that is designed to reduce the risk associated with handling potential biohazards such as viral, bacterial or protozoan pathogens. The assay monitors viability as a function of the membrane integrity of the cell. Cells with a compromised membrane that are considered to be dead or dying will stain red, whereas cells with an intact membrane will stain green.