RubyGlow™ Luminescent Bacterial Detection Kit

Product ID: M1573

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Unlike other commercially available luciferase kits using green light emitting (562 nm) firefly analogs, this luminescent assay kit produces a red light (EM 619 nm) to easily detect and quantify bacterial cells based upon the generation of ATP in metabolically active cells.

Each kit components involve no radioisotopes or toxic materials and are environmentally safe. Each kit provides enough reagents and a detailed protocol sufficient for 100 reactions in 96-well microplate format. Bacteria from a number of media or sources can be detected with an extremely high sensitivity (low detection limit). In addition, extended incubation (2-4 hours) of samples at 37ºC can significantly lower the detection limit and increase sensitivity using a protocol that can be completed in one day. Assay is also amenable to high throughput (HTS) applications for analysis of bacterial susceptibility and antibiotic screening.

Technical Data
SKU M1573
Unit Size 1kit
Emission Wavelength 619
Detection Method Luminescence

References and Citations


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