Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Nat Protoc. 2006;1(5):2315-9.

Clonogenic assay of cells in vitro.

Author information

  • 1Laboratory for Experimental Oncology and Radiobiology, Department of Radiotherapy, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands. n.a.franken@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

Clonogenic assay or colony formation assay is an in vitro cell survival assay based on the ability of a single cell to grow into a colony. The colony is defined to consist of at least 50 cells. The assay essentially tests every cell in the population for its ability to undergo "unlimited" division. Clonogenic assay is the method of choice to determine cell reproductive death after treatment with ionizing radiation, but can also be used to determine the effectiveness of other cytotoxic agents. Only a fraction of seeded cells retains the capacity to produce colonies. Before or after treatment, cells are seeded out in appropriate dilutions to form colonies in 1-3 weeks. Colonies are fixed with glutaraldehyde (6.0% v/v), stained with crystal violet (0.5% w/v) and counted using a stereomicroscope. A method for the analysis of radiation dose-survival curves is included.

PMID:
17406473
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Nature Publishing Group
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk