The Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Assay Kit (II) is a fluorescent assay that detects the mitochondrial membrane potential in living cells. The kit includes the cationic dye TMRE (tetramethylrhodamine ethyl ester perchlorate) and a mitochondrial membrane potential disruptor CCCP (carbonyl cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone). TMRE is a cell membrane permeable, fluorescent dye that accumulates in intact mitochondria. Depolarized or inactive mitochondria exhibit decreased membrane potential, resulting in reduced TMRE accumulation.
The Annexin V-FITC Early Apoptosis Detection Kit enables researchers to identify early apoptotic cells within a cell population. Annexin V-FITC conjugated protein binds to cell surfaces expressing phosphatidylserine, an early apotosis marker. Cells stained with propidium iodide (PI), a non-cell-permeable DNA dye, indicate necrotic cells. Cells stained with both PI and annexin V-FITC demonstrate later stage apoptosis and early necrosis. This kit provides enough reagent to perform 100 assays, based on a 250 μl assay volume.