Tools that measure the health of neural cells are essential for monitoring the effects of a variety of factors, including biological modifiers, neural cell culture conditions, drug compounds, and environmental neurotoxicants.

Molecular Probes® offers a variety of cell health assays to help you assess the health of your neuronal cells. 

Which assay is right for your neuronal cells?

 Simple cell viability assay Live cell DNA content assay Multiplexed neurite outgrowth and cell viability assay

Assay Type Single readout Single readout Multiplexed readout
Parameter Measured Metabolic activity/reducing power of living cells Binds to DNA of living cells (indicates cell membrane integrity) Stains outer membrane surfaces
Measures Intracellular esterase activity
Cell Format Live cell Live cell Live cell or endpoint
Incubation Time10 minutes–2 hours 30–60 minutes 15–30 minutes
Microscopy/Imaging Compatible   yes yes
Microplate Reader Compatible Bottom-or top-read Bottom-read only Bottom-read only
Other Instrumentation Absorbance, spectrophotometer    
Price per 96-well Assay 6.7 cents
2,500 wells per small pack
 30 cents
1,000 wells per small pack
 25 cents
1,000 wells per unit
Price per Unit $167.84 (25mL) $283.41 (1 kit) $246.20 (1 kit)
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Research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.