Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity Assay: Basic Cytotoxicity Test

The Basic Cytotoxicity Test Assay Kit is a single-tube, dual-color assay for determining cell toxicity by flow cytometry. The assay employs a green fluorescent cellular stain, CFSE, to label target cells and the red live/dead viability dye 7-AAD to identify the dead cells present in the cytotoxicity assay samples. Analyze your results using a flow cytometer.

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Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity Assay: Basic Cytotoxicity Test
SKU: 969

Size: 125 Tests
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Cytolytic activity is an important process for eliminated intracellular pathogens and cancer cells. ICT’s Basic Cytotoxicity Assay Kit allows you to assess cytolytic activity in cell culture. The Basic Cytotoxicity Assay Kit includes two fluorescent reagents: CFSE and 7-AAD. CFSE, a green fluorescing membrane stain, is utilized to identify the target cell population. The unstained effector cells are added and incubated with the target cells. 7-AAD, a red fluorescing live/dead stain, is then added to stain all necrotic cells red by binding to the DNA of membrane-compromised cells. The target cell and effector cell populations can then be easily distinguished, and flow cytometry easily identifies live and necrotic cells.
Cell-mediated cytotoxicity
7-AAD – 546 nm / 647 nm CFSE – 492 nm / 520 nm
Flow cytometry
Cell culture
CFSE at ≤ -20°C, other components at 2-8°C
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  1. Prepare samples and controls
  2. Dilute Assay Buffer 1:10 with diH2O and filter sterilize.
  3. Reconstitute CFSE with 200 µL DMSO and dilute 1:250 with 1X Assay Buffer.
  4. Add 200 µL CFSE to target cells to stain them green and incubate 15 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Wash target cells and adjust cell concentration.
  6. Add effector cells to target cells.
  7. Reconstitute 7-AAD with 260 µL DMSO and dilute 1:10 with 1X Assay Buffer.
  8. Add 20 µL 7-AAD to label necrotic cells red and incubate 10 minutes on ice.
  9. Run controls and analyze with a flow cytometer. Identify target cells by analyzing FL-1 (green) vs. FL-3 (red). CFSE excites at 492 nm and emits at 520-540 nm; 7-AAD excites at 546 nm and emits at 647 nm.
Kit 969: 125 Tests
  • CFSE target cell stain, 1 vial, #6162
  • 7-AAD vital stain, 1 vial, #6163
  • 10X Assay Buffer, 30 mL, #6161
  • Kit Manual
  • Kit 970: 250 Tests
  • CFSE target cell stain, 1 vial, #6162
  • 7-AAD vital stain, 2 vials, #6163
  • 10X Assay Buffer, 60 mL, #685
  • Kit Manual
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    PMID Publication
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