• Product name
    Cytochrome c Profiling ELISA Kit
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  • Detection method
  • Sample type
    Cell culture extracts, Tissue
  • Assay type
    Sandwich (qualitative)
  • Assay duration
    Multiple steps standard assay
  • Species reactivity
    Reacts with: Mouse, Rat, Cow, Human
  • Product overview

    Abcam’s Cytochrome C in vitro ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) kit is designed for the measurement of Cytochrome C in Human, mouse, rat and bovine samples of purified mitochondria, tissue and cell extracts.

    Abcam’s Cytochrome C ELISA kit is used to determine the amount of the cytochrome c in a sample. Cytochrome c is immunocaptured within the wells and the amount is determined by adding a cytochrome c specific antibody conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP). This peroxidase changes the substrate from colorless to blue. This reaction takes place in a time dependent manner proportional to the amount of protein captured in the wells. The rate of development of blue color can be followed at 600 nm or the reaction can be stopped, at a user defined time, by the addition of 100 μL of 1.5 N HCl to each well (not supplied) and read at 450 nm.

  • Notes

    The permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane and the consequent release of cytochrome c and other apoptogenic proteins from the mitochondrial intermembrane space into cytoplasm is considered hallmark of many apoptotic pathways leading to cell death. Therefore assaying these proteins in mitochondrial and cytoplasmic fractions is a prime interest of many researchers. Most of the current biochemical methods of quantification of cytoplasmic and mitochondrial cytochrome c involve mechanical disruption of cells to obtain mitochondria-enriched and cytosolic fractions. These methods are time-consuming and limited to small number of samples.

    This cytochrome c detection assay was developed in conjunction with Abcam’s ab109719 Cell Fractionation Kit - Standard and ab109718 Cell Fractionation Kit - HT, and the results were validated with ab110417 ApoTrack™ Cytochrome c Apoptosis Cocktail and with ab110415 ApoTrack™ Apoptosis Detection Kit for Immunocytochemistry.

  • Tested applications
    Suitable for: Sandwich ELISAmore details
  • Platform



Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab110172 in the following tested applications.

The application notes include recommended starting dilutions; optimal dilutions/concentrations should be determined by the end user.

Application Abreviews Notes
Sandwich ELISA Use at an assay dependent dilution.


  • Principle of Sandwich ELISA used in Cytochrome c Protein Quantity Microplate Assay Kit (ab110172). Substrate plus HRP or AP conjugated to streptavidin provide a colorimetric signal that is readable by any plate readers capable of standard ELISA absorbance measurements.



This product has been referenced in:
  • Giang AH  et al. Mitochondrial dysfunction and permeability transition in osteosarcoma cells showing the Warburg effect. J Biol Chem 288:33303-11 (2013). ELISA ; Human . Read more (PubMed: 24100035) »
  • Eliseev RA  et al. Cyclophilin D interacts with Bcl2 and exerts an anti-apoptotic effect. J Biol Chem 284:9692-9 (2009). Read more (PubMed: 19228691) »

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Customer reviews and Q&As

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The kits are guaranteed for 6 months if stored as recommended on the datasheet.

Please note there are components in the kits that are supposed to stored at different temperatures e.g. -20 or -80C, so we...

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For the kit ab110172, you will need a spectrophotometer that can measure at 450nm. These are generally available in most labs, so perhaps a neighboring lab has one? I really don't have a recommendation of a specific one to use, just as long as it can m...

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The Detergent supplied with MSA41 (ab110172) contains SDS. It will lyse all membranes including plasma membrane and mitochondrial membranes. Remember the purpose of this kit is to measure total cytochrome c concent...

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6 months at 4 degrees C is a reasonable length of storage.

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The lab let me know that, if the sample is prepared according to the procedure in section C then:

All cytochrome c, regardless its subcellular location, is extracted and present in the supernatant. Pell...

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In Chapter 6, section C describes extraction of total protein with Detergent. The great majority of proteins, including all cytochrome c are solubilized by the Detergent. The centrifugation step (step 6) is to cl...

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I have received the following information from the lab so far:

This ELISA-based assaymeasures total cytochrome c in the sample of interest. These samples can be extracts of whole cultured cells and tiss...

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These kits will be OK to use with snap frozen tissues.
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Regarding ab110172 I received the following information from the lab:

This kit can be used to test serum samples. Our suggestion for the customer would be to spike a control serum sample with pure cytoc...

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Thank you for contacting us.  My colleague in the lab has confirmed that the Cytochrome c kit ab110172 is designed for use with cells or tissues prepared with a lysis buffer or a cell fractionation kit such as these:  https://www.abcam.com/Cell-Fractio...

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