A method for simultaneously detecting membrane permeability (characteristic of necrosis) and DNA fragmentation (characteristic of apoptosis) is described. By combining a common dye-exclusion method (Trypan Blue) with a commercially available terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL) labeling kit, we have succeeded in developing a novel methodology for obtaining permanently mounted slides of monolayer cell cultures double-labeled for DNA fragmentation and cell lysis. This method should facilitate in situ studies of cell death by allowing for a more accurate quantification of total toxicity in monolayer cell cultures and perhaps further enhance our understanding of the different mechanisms of cell death as well.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)