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Is staining with the Viability/Cytotoxicity Assay Kit for Bacteria Live & Dead Cells (cat. # 30027) compatible with subsequent fixation with para-formaldehyde (PFA)?

Fixation is not recommended after staining with the Viability/Cytotoxicity Assay Kit (cat. # 30027) as the dead cell dye, EthD-III will transfer to all cells and not maintain dead cell-specific staining.

Viability qPCR (vPCR) can be an alternative strategy. Using dead cell-specific dyes, PMA (cat. # 40019) or PMAxx (cat. # 40069) that covalently modify DNA (of only dead cells) after photo-crosslinking, a simple quantitative PCR (qPCR) amplification is used to selectively amplify live-cell DNA. Learn more about the vPCR technology.

Category: Apoptosis, Necrosis, and Cell Viability Kits

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