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Nucleic Acids Res. 1997 Dec 1;25(23):4855-7.

A rapid, quantitative and inexpensive method for detecting apoptosis by flow cytometry in transiently transfected cells.

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Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (I. M. P.), Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7, A-1030 Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

We describe a rapid and quantitative flow cytometric method for determining the apoptotic or anti-apoptotic potential of a gene in various cell types. A plasmid carrying green fluorescent protein (GFP) is co-transfected with an expression vector encoding the gene of interest. Subsequently cells are stained with propidium iodide and, utilising flow cytometry, transfected, GFP-expressing single cells are detected and apoptotic cells in this population are identified by their DNA content of <2 N. The method detects apoptosis as reliably as established methods using in situ nick-end labelling but is faster, easier and less expensive.

PMID:
9365268
PMCID:
PMC147110
DOI:
10.1093/nar/25.23.4855
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