Cell cycle analysis

Mitotic arrest is frequently used as an indicator of cytotoxicity in mammalian cells, and measures of mitotic index can be used to evaluate compounds during drug discovery and development. Life Technologies offers tools based on antibody detection or transgenic protein expression to monitor cell cycle progression.

Live or fixed cell analysis

There is a tight correlation between chromosome condensation and histone 3 (Ser10) phosphorylation during mitosis. This event can serve as an indication of mitotic progression or inhibition within the context of drug profiling.

The fluorescence ubiquitination cell cycle indicator (FUCCI) is a genetically encoded, two-color (red and green) reporter for following cell division within a cell population.

Both the HCS Mitotic Index Kit and the Premo™ FUCCI Cell Cycle Sensor can be used to monitor the effects of a compound on the cell cycle while multiplexing with other measurements such as cytotoxicity or immunodetection of choice targets.

 Cell cycle analysis
Visualization of cell cycle phases with the Premo™ FUCCI Cell Cycle Sensor over a 16 hour period.

Selection guide for cell cycle analysis using imaging

ReadoutAnti–phosphohistone H3 serves as a sensitive indicator of mitosis and is detected with Alexa Fluor® 488 secondary antibodyAs a cell progresses through the cell cycle, fluorescence of the Premo™ FUCCI sensor changes from red to green
Common filter setFITCRFPFITC
ReporterAlexa Fluor® 488 dyeRFPGFP
Ex/Em (nm)495/519555/584485/520
Live-cell compatibleNoYes
Stains fixed cellsYesNo
Formaldehyde fixableYesYes
Signal-to-noise5 stars4 stars
Photostability5 stars4 stars
PlatformImaging, HCSImaging, HCS
Format1 kit/2 microplates2 x 200 μL2 x 1,000 μL
Cat. No.H10293P36238P36237