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Methods Mol Biol. 2011;731:237-45. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-080-5_20.

Cell sensitivity assays: the MTT assay.

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Department of Paediatric Oncology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The MTT (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay is based on the conversion of MTT into formazan crystals by living cells, which determines mitochondrial activity. Since for most cell populations the total mitochondrial activity is related to the number of viable cells, this assay is broadly used to measure the in vitro cytotoxic effects of drugs on cell lines or primary patient cells. In this chapter the protocol of the assay is described including important considerations relevant for each step of the assay as well as its limitations and possible applications.

PMID:
21516412
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-61779-080-5_20
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