β-Galactosidase staining at pH 6 on normal WI38 cells at population doubling 29 (left) and senescent WI38 cells at population doubling 36 (right).
Β-Galactosidase staining at pH 6.0 on MCF-7 cells untreated (left) and senescent MCF-7 cells treated with etoposide #2200 (12.5 μM, 24 hr) and allowed to recover for 4 days (right).
|Product Includes||Quantity (with Count)|
|10X Fixative Solution||1 x 15 ml|
|10X Staining Solution||1 x 15 ml|
|100X Solution A||1 x 1.5 ml|
|100X Solution B||1 x 1.5 ml|
|X-Gal||1 x 150 mg|
The Senescence β-Galactosidase Staining Kit is designed to conveniently provide reagents needed to detect β-galactosidase activity at pH 6, a known characteristic of senescent cells. Papers have published using this kit in both cells and frozen tissue. The kit includes all reagents necessary for this assay.
Limited capacity to replicate is a defining characteristic of most normal cells and culminates in senescence, an arrested state in which the cell remains viable (1). Senescent cells are not stimulated to divide by serum or passage in culture, and senescence invokes a specific cell cycle profile that differs from most damage-induced arrest processes or contact inhibition (2). An enlarged cell size, expression of pH-dependent beta-galactosidase activity (3), and an altered pattern of gene expression (4,5) further characterize senescent cells.
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