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Measurement of apoptosis by PARP

Apoptosis can be measured flow cytometrically by numerous assay's listed under Apoptosis. Cell cycle analysis can be used to measure late apoptosis by the detection of a SubG1 peak, see DNA fragmentation section. Cell cycle analysis can also be combined with the detection of cleaved PARP or Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1. PARP is an 116 kDa enzyme involved DNA repair which during apoptosis is cleaved by active caspase-3. PARP can be detected flow cytometrically to show the presence of apoptosis after UV-irradiation or drug treatment.

 Cell Cycle and detection of PARP

Flow cytometric detection of PARP can be achieved via tagging the protein with a fluorescently labelled antibody after treatment with BD CytoFix/Perm reagent. Cells can then be labelled with DNA binding dyes such as DAPI (1ug/ml) to show the stage of cell cycle the DNA breakages occur as shown by the presence of PARP signal. Colorectal carcinoma cell line C80 were treated under normoxic and hypoxic conditions for 3 days with and without drug treatment, see figure.

  • Apoptosis, DNA Damage and Cell Proliferation by Becton Dickinson Kit#562253


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