BrdU (5′-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine) is a thymidine analog that has been established as a popular tool in cancer and neuroscience research for determining cell proliferation rates.
Once added to samples, BrdU is incorporated into newly synthesized DNA during replication. BrdU can consequently be detected with anti-BrdU antibodies, such as Mouse Anti-BrdU Antibody, clone Bu20a (MCA2483) and Rabbit Anti-BrdU Antibody (AHP2405) thereby allowing the visualization of proliferating cells. Commonly used antibody based BrdU detection methods include flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.
BrdU detection protocols:
Protocol describing how to BrdU label HeLa cells and detect the incorporated BrdU with the help of rabbit and mouse anti-BrdU antibodies.
Protocols highlighting how to detect incorporated BrdU by flow cytometry analysis.