MarkerGene™ Live:Dead/Cytotoxicity Assay Kit, Red/Blue Staining

Product ID: M1814

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This kit allows fast and easy measurement of both living and dead cells by measuring intracellular esterase activity (live cells) with a red emitting dye while staining of nucleic acids in chromatin (dead cells) with a blue emitting dye.

Esterases are a family of catabolic enzymes that cleave esters in a wide range of naturally occuring substrates intracellularly. They are ubiquitous to almost all living organisms. Esterase activity can therefore be used to monitor viability of living cells. This kit uses a fluorogenic substrate that, upon cleavage by intracellular esterases, produces a red fluorescent product that is retained intracellularly. Viability and cell number measurements are easily obtained either in vitro, in cell preparations, or in vivo. This kit also contains a blue emitting DNA stain that is membrane impermeant to live cells, but can enter the nucleus of dead cells and stain the chromatin (blue fluorescence color). Measurement of blue versus red fluorescence gives an accurate measurement of dead versus live cell number (viability). The kit contains enough substrate solutions for hundreds of assays and control experiments, and a detailed protocol for use. See the references below for more information and applications.

Technical Data
SKU M1814
Unit Size 1 kit
Detection Method Fluorescence

References and Citations


  • "Direct visualisation and quantification of cellular cytotoxicity using two colour fluorescence." Kroesen, B.J., Mesander, G., ter Haar, J.G., The, T.H., de Leij, L., (1992) J. Immunol. Methods 156:47-54.
  • "Analysis of early apoptotic events in individual cells by fluorescence intensity and polarization measurements." Zurgil, N., Shafran, Y., Fixler, D., Deutsch, M., (2002) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 290:1573-1582
  • "Flow cytometric assessment of viability of lactic acid bacteria." Bunthof, C.J., Bloemen, K., Breeuwer, P., Rombouts, F.M., Abee, T., Appl. Environ. Microbiol.(2001) 67:2326-2335.
  • "Flow cytometry and cell sorting for yeast viability assessment and cell selection." Deere D, Shen J, Vesey G, Bell P, Bissinger P, Veal D. Yeast 14, 147-160 (1998)
  • "Rapid flow cytometric assay for the assessment of natural killer cell activity." Chang, L., Gusewitch, G.A., Chritton, D.B., Folz, J.C., Lebeck, L.K., Nehlsen-Cannarella, S.L., (1993) J. Immunol. Methods. 166:45-54.
  • "Dehydrothyrsiferol does not modulate multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 resistance: a functional screening system for MRP1 substrates." Pec, M.K., Aguirre, A., Fernandez, J.J., Souto, M.L., Dorta, J.F., Villar, J.. Int J. Mol. Med. 10:605-608.
  • "Improved microplate fluorometer counting of viable tumor and normal cells." Riordan, H.D., Riordan, N.H., Meng, X., Zhong, J., Jackson, J.A., Anticancer Res. (1994) 14:927-931.
  • "Characterization of uptake and hydrolysis of fluorescein diacetate and carboxyfluorescein diacetate by intracellular esterases in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which result in accumulation of fluorescent product." Breeuwer P, Drocourt JL, Bunschoten, Zwietering MH, Rombouts FM, Abee T (1995) Appl. Environ Microbiol. 61(4): 1614-1619.
  • "Rapid viability assessment of yeast cells using vital staining with 2-NBDG, a fluorescent derivative of glucose." Oh KB, Matsuoka H (2002)Intl. J. Food Microbiol. 76(1-2): 47-53.
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