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Apoptosis Webinar

"A question of Life or Death" - differentiating between healthy and apoptotic cells

Fig.1. Dot-plot showing Ramos Cells staining with Annexin V-FITC versus Propidium lodide.

Fig.1. Dot-plot showing Ramos Cells staining with Annexin V-FITC versus Propidium  lodide .

Annexin V Kits

Bio-Rad offers a quick and easy method for detecting apoptotic cells by flow cytometry with the Annexin V apoptosis kits.

  • Offered in a variety of sizes, ranging from 20/50 tests trial sizes to a 300 tests size for frequent users
  • Enable the use of the kits in multi-color flow cytometry experiments; conjugates available include Biotin, FITC, PE and APC
  • Include the viability dye propidium iodide enabling distinction between apoptotic/secondary necrotic and apoptotic cells

Labeled annexin V, included in the kits, has been conjugated such that the native phospholipid binding properties of annexin V remain unaltered.



Caspase FLICA Kits

Fig. 2. Results using Poly caspase FLICA™ kits

Fig.2. Results using Poly caspase FLICA kits (ICT091 & ICT092) analyzed by fluorescence microscopy show suspension cells labeled with FAM-VAD-FMK, and Hoechst 33342 stain. Both cells are apoptotic and dying - detected by (green) caspase activity and (blue) nuclear Hoechst staining. The left cell is much brighter green than the right cell, indicating that the left cell has more active caspases.

Caspases are cysteine proteases that can cleave other proteins, and upon activation, create a positive-feedback cascade, which ensures the cell will undergo apoptosis.

Our Caspase FLICA Apoptosis Detection Kits allow analysis of active caspases in whole, living cells. Their methodology is based on a unique cell-permeable and non-cytotoxic reagent called the Fluorochrome Inhibitor of Caspases (FLICA). The reagent contains a caspase inhibitor sequence (such as VAD) linked to a green (carboxyfluorescein, FAM) or red (sulforhodamine, SR) fluorescent probe.

Bio-Rad offers four types of Caspase FLICA Kit; FAM FLICA that fluoresces at 525 nm (green), SR FLICA which fluoresces at 590 nm (red), Magic Red FLICA which fluoresces at 628 nm (red) and FLICA 660 which fluoresces at 690 nm (far red). SR FLICA and FLICA 660 are useful for studying caspase activity in GFP-transfected cell lines and for multi-color experiments with other green reagents.


FLISP Serine Protease Assay Kits

Fig 3. Jurkat cells were stained using the FLISP Serine Protease Assay Kit (APO009) and treated with staurosporine to induce apoptosis

Fig.3. Jurkat cells were stained using the FLISP Serine Protease Assay Kit (APO009) and treated with staurosporine to induce apoptosis. Apoptotic cells positive for serine protease activity can be seen in the bottom right quadrant and dead cells positive for both serine protease and PI in the top right quadrant. Healthy cells are negative for both stains. Data acquired on the ZE5™ Cell Analyzer.

Serine protease activation plays major roles in apoptosis, tumor malignancy and as diagnostic indicators of breast, head and neck carcinomas. They are also thought to play a role in infections and transplant rejection.

Our Fluorescent Labeled Inhibitors of Serine Protease (FLISP) Kits allow the detection of intracellular chymotrypsin-like activity of serine proteases in live cells. Active chymotrypsin-like enzymes within the cell bind covalently to the fluorophore (FAM) labeled FLISP inhibitor probe, retaining the green fluorescent signal within the cell. The higher the concentration of active chymotrypsin-like enzymes within the cell, the higher the level of fluorescence observed.

Available in FAM, which fluoresces at 525 nm (green), FLISP Kits also contain propidium iodide for dead cell identification by flow cytometry and Hoechst 33342 for nuclear labeling in fluorescence microscopy.



Mitochondrial Membrane Potential (MitoPT) Kits

Fig.3. Jurkat cells stained with MitoPT™ JC-1

Fig.4. Jurkat cells stained with MitoPT JC-1 (ICT943 & ICT944) and viewed through a fluorescence microscope. Non-apoptotic cells exhibit red stained mitochondria (2 left hand cells). Apoptotic cells at varying stages of mitochondrial membrane permeability appear green (3 right hand cells).

The JC-1, TMRE and TMRM MitoPT Kits allow clear differentiation between non-apoptotic and apoptotic cells through the simple and reproducible detection of the mitochondrial membrane permeability transition event.

  • Choice – MitoPT JC-1, TMRE & TMRM Kits
  • Quick & easy staining method clearly differentiates non-apoptotic & apoptotic cells
  • MitoPT TMRE & TMRM Kits - ideal for single cell multi-parametric analyses
  • Suitable for flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy or a plate reader

An early indication of apoptosis involves a collapse in the electrochemical gradient across the mitochondrial membrane.

This is mediated by the opening of permeability transition (PT) pores and is known as the mitochondrial PT event. It is measured by the change in the mitochondrial membrane potential.


Magic Red Cathepsin Kits

Fig.4. Intracellular cathespin L activity detected in THP-1 cells using Magic Red™ Cathepsin L Kit (Products Code ICT941 / 942)

Fig.5. Intracellular
cathespin L activity detected in THP-1 cells using Magic Red Cathepsin L Kit (ICT941 / 942)

We offer Magic Red Kits for analysis of active cathepsins in whole, living cells, utilizing a substrate based assay. These kits enable the detection of active cathepsins contained in lysosomes which are involved in the autophagy pathway, phagocytosis and when released into the cytoplasm can regulate both the apoptosis extrinsic and intrinsic pathways.

  • Quick & easy method
  • Analyze whole living suspension and adherent cells
  • Assay based on fluorescent Magic Red substrate
  • Suitable for fluorescence microscopy or a plate reader

The cathepsin family comprises several proteolytic enzymes stored in cellular organelles called lysosomes. A key cellular pathway involving lysosomes is Autophagy, the process of cellular self-digestion, where cathepsins hydrolyze and degrade cytoplasmic proteins, bulk cytoplasm, and dysfunctional organelles for recycling.



pSIVA Real-Time Apoptosis Kits

Fig.5. HeLa cells were incubated A) in the presence or B) in the absence of staurosporine to induce apoptosis.

Fig.6. HeLa cells were incubated A) in the presence or B) in the absence of staurosporine to induce apoptosis. pSIVA-IANBD and PI were added to the media and the cells imaged with the ZOE™ Fluorescent Cell Imager. Early apoptotic cells are pSIVA-IANBD positive, shown in green, while late apoptotic cells are PI positive, shown in red.

Visualize apoptosis events in real time with our pSIVA Real-Time Apoptosis Fluorescent Microscopy and Flow Cytometry Kits. pSIVA only fluoresces when bound to phosphatidylserine (PS), which becomes exposed at the outer plasma membrane as one of the early events of apoptosis.

The pSIVA probe is conjugated to IANBD, a green emitting dye with spectral properties similar to FITC. No washing steps are required; simply add the probe to your cells and start visualizing apoptosis in real time.

The pSIVA Real-Time Apoptosis Fluorescent Microscopy and Flow Cytometry Kits also contain the viability dye propidium iodide, allowing you to distinguish early apoptotic from late apoptotic and necrotic cells.