• Product name

    Formaldehyde Assay Kit (Fluorometric)
  • Detection method

  • Sample type

    Saliva, Urine, Serum, Plasma, Other biological fluids, Tissue, Adherent cells, Suspension cells
  • Assay type

  • Sensitivity

    > 2 µM
  • Assay time

    1h 00m
  • Species reactivity

    Reacts with: Mammals, Other species
  • Product overview

    Formaldehyde Assay Kit (Fluorometric) (ab196997) provides a simple, sensitive and high-throughput adaptable assay that detects biologically relevant concentrations of formaldehyde (HCHO) in various fluids and tissues. The assay relies on the oxidation of formaldehyde to produce a stable fluorescent signal, which is directly proportional to the amount of formaldehyde found in samples.

    The kit can detect less than 2 µM of formaldehyde in a variety of samples.

  • Notes

    Formaldehyde (HCHO) is the simplest aldehyde and one of the most often used organic compounds in industrial processes due to its high reactivity with a variety of chemicals. Endogenous formaldehyde can be produced in organisms via metabolic processes while exogenous formaldehyde can be absorbed after oral, dermal or inhalation exposure. formaldehyde is highly toxic due to its capacity to covalently bind to macromolecules, such as DNA, and is well known for its neurotoxicological effects. Exposure to relatively high levels of formaldehyde is believed to cause leukemia, nose and nasopharyngeal cancer, etc.; however the epidemiological evidence is unclear. It can also affect memory and learning capacity.

  • Platform

    Microplate reader



  • Typical Formaldehyde (HCHO) standard calibration curve using fluorometric reading.

  • Measurement of Formaldehyde (HCHO) concentration in human urine from non-diabetic and diabetic donors. Samples were deproteinized using 10 kD Spin Column (ab93349) and diluted 10X. Diluted samples (20 µL) were spiked with known amount of Formaldehyde (300 pmol). Sample preparation and assay was performed following kit protocol.



ab196997 has not yet been referenced specifically in any publications.

Customer reviews and Q&As


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The ab196997 Formaldehyde Assay Kit (Fluorometric) detects biologically relevant concentrations of HCHO in various fluids and tissues including serum, plasma, saliva, urine and Animal tissues & cells as stated on the datasheet.  It has not been tested using ethanol based samples. It’s a possibility that there might be some interference from the ethanol based samples.

However, you could try testing these ethanol based samples (undiluted and couple of dilutions of the samples). The dilutions might dilute the ethanol amount in the samples and thus might be compatible with the assay.

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