• Product name

    Cell Viability Assay Kit (Fluorometric - Blue Ex 405 nm)
    See all Cell Viability kits
  • Detection method

  • Sample type

    Suspension cells
  • Assay type

    Cell-based (quantitative)
  • Species reactivity

    Reacts with: Other species, Mammals
  • Product overview

    Cell Viability Assay Kit (Fluorometric - Blue Ex 405 nm) (ab176748) uses a proprietary cell viability dye whose fluorescence is strongly enhanced upon entering into live cells.

    The dye is a hydrophobic compound that easily permeates intact live cells. The weakly fluorescent CytoCalcein Violet 450, AM is hydrolyzed by intracellular esterase to generate a strongly fluorescent hydrophilic product that is well-retained in the cell cytoplasm.

    The esterase activity is proportional to the number of viable cells, and thus directly related to the fluorescence intensity of the product generated from the esterase-catalyzed hydrolysis of the fluorogenic substrate.

    Cells grown in black wall/clear bottom plates can be stained and quantified in less than two hours.

    The assay is more robust than tetrazolium salt or Alamar Blue® based ones. It can be readily adapted for many different types of fluorescence platforms such as microplate assays, fluorescence microscope, and flow cytometry.

  • Notes

    Review the cell health assay guide to learn about more kits to perform a cell viability assaycytotoxicity assay and cell proliferation assay

  • Platform

    Microplate reader, Fluor. microscope, Flow cyt.


  • Storage instructions

    Store at -20°C. Please refer to protocols.
  • Components 500 tests
    Assay Buffer 1 x 50ml
    CytoCalcein Violet 450, AM 5 vials
    DMSO 1 x 200µl
  • Research areas

  • Relevance

    Cell viability is a determination of living or dead cells, based on a total cell population. Cell viability assess healthy cells in a sample, with no distinction between dividing or quiescent cells. An increase in cell viability indicates cell growth, while a decrease in viability can generally be interpreted as the result of either toxic effects of compounds/agents or suboptimal culture conditions.
  • Alternative names

    • cell tracking


  • CHO-K1 cell number response was measured with Cell Viability Assay Kit (Fluorometric - Blue Ex 405 nm) (ab176748). CHO-K1 cells were seeded overnight at 0 - 5,000 cells/well/100 µL in a black wall/clear bottom 96-well plate. The cells were incubated with 100 µL/well of CytoCalcein Violet 450 dye-loading solution for 1 hour at room temperature. The fluorescence intensity was measured at Ex/Em = 405/460 nm. The fluorescence intensity was linear (R2 = 1) to the cell number as indicated.

    The detection limit was 70 cells/well (n=6).



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