BrdU assay by FACS - (Jun/21/2005 )
I was planning to do some BrdU assays by FACS.
I was wondering whether anyone knows any BrdU kits and protocols works well for adherent cell lines (e.g. HeLa and MCF7)
I am a bit concerned that the tripinization step would give false-positive results.
Thank you millions in advance!
If you are looking for nicks in the DNA (late stage apoptosis) then the Apo-Brdu kit from BD-Pharmingen is good. I have used it on MCF-7 and the trypsinization step does not affect it.
However, if you are looking for early stage apoptosis ie compromise of the cell memebrane then the Annexin V FITC is good however, it is plagued with the false positive problems.