• Product name

    MitoBiogenesis™ In-Cell ELISA Kit (IR)
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  • Detection method

  • Sample type

    Adherent cells
  • Assay type

    Cell-based (quantitative)
  • Assay duration

    Multiple steps standard assay
  • Species reactivity

    Reacts with: Mouse, Rat, Cow, Human
  • Product overview

    For identifying inhibitors and activators of mitochondrial biogenesis in adherent cultured cells. Each kit contains sufficient reagents to analyze two 96-well plates of fixed human, rat, mouse, or bovine cells. This kit utilizes IRDyes® for detection, and so requires a LI-COR® Odyssey® or Aerius® imaging system. An alternate colorimetric version of this kit is available for use with standard plate readers - MitoBiogenesis™ In-Cell ELISA Kit (Colorimetric) (ab110217/MS643).

    In-Cell ELISA Kits use quantitative immunocytochemistry to measure protein levels or post-translational modifications in cultured cells. Cells are fixed in a 96-well plate and targets of interest are detected with highly-specific, well-characterized monoclonal antibodies, and levels are quantified with IRDye®-labeled Secondary Antibodies. IR imaging and quantitation is performed using a LI-COR® Odyssey® or Aerius® system.

    ab110215 (MS642) is designed to measure drug-induced effects on mitochondrial biogenesis early in the safety screening process. The MitoBiogenesis™ In-Cell ELISA Kit is a true duplexing 96/384-well assay that ratios both an mtDNA- and an nDNA-encoded protein in cultured or primary cells, and which requires very little sample prep and few overall steps.

    Cells (human, rat or mouse) are seeded in 96- or 384-well microplates, and after exposure to experimental compounds for several cell doublings, the levels of two mitochondrial proteins are measured simultaneously in each well. The two proteins are each subunits of a different oxidative phosphorylation enzyme complex, one protein being subunit I of Complex IV (COX-I), which is mtDNA-encoded, and the other being the 70 kDa subunit of Complex II (SDH-A), which is nDNA-encoded. Complex IV includes several proteins which are encoded in the mitochondrion, while the proteins of Complex II are entirely encoded in the nucleus. Optionally, total protein levels can also be measured.

    LI-COR®, Odyssey®, Aerius®, IRDye™ and In-Cell Western™ are registered trademarks or trademarks of LI-COR Biosciences Inc

    Plates are available in our ICE (In-Cell ELISA) Support Pack (ab111542) which can be bought seperately

  • Notes

    Related products

    Review the mitochondrial assay guide, or the full metabolism assay guide to learn about more assays for metabolites, metabolic enzymes, mitochondrial function, and oxidative stress, and also how to assay metabolic function in live cells using your plate reader.

  • Tested applications

    Suitable for: In-Cell ELISAmore details
  • Platform




Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab110216 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
In-Cell ELISA Use at an assay dependent dilution.


  • Inhibition of mitochondrial biogenesis by chloramphenicol The IC50 of a drug's effect on mitochondrial protein translation can be determined quickly using the MitoBiogenesis™ In-Cell ELISA Kit (IR). In this example, cells were seeded at 3000 cells/well, allowed to grow for 3 cell doublings in a drug dilution series and then the relative amounts of COX-I, and SDH-A were measured in each well. Chloramphenicol inhibits mtDNA-encoded COX-I protein synthesis relative to nuclear DNA-encoded SDH-A protein synthesis by 50% at 3.5 µM.
  • Assay reproducibility demonstrated by experiments conducted on three separate days. HepG2 cells were grown for 7 days in the presence of 10 µM chloramphenicol and then measured in duplicate on 3 different days using the MitoBiogenesis™ In-Cell ELISA Kit. The assay was able to record inhibition of mitochondrial biogenesis with an average intra-day CV of 2.3% and an average day-to-day CV of 1.9%.
  • Visual representation of inhibition of mtDNA-encoded protein synthesis. Visually-imaged levels of mtDNA-encoded COX-I are shown in the green 800 channel while levels of nuclear DNA-encoded SDH-A are shown in the red 700 channel. The merged image shows the relative ratios of COX-I/SDH-A protein expression in each microwell. Wells with normal levels of both proteins exhibit a yellow merged color due to approximately equal red and green signals. In contrast, wells with low levels of COX-I and normal levels of SDH-A exhibit an orange color due to the relative lack of green (COX-I) fluorescence. The specific inhibition of mtDNA-encoded protein synthesis by chloramphenicol is thus easily observed.
  • Quantitative measurement of the COX-I/SDH-A protein expression ratio. At all cell concentrations, a constant ratio of mtDNA-encoded protein expression (COX-I) to nuclear DNA-encoded mitochondrial protein expression (SDH-A) is observed in untreated cells. Therefore, normalizing COX-I levels to SDH-A levels simplifies data analysis and eliminates the need to perform all tests at the same cell concentration.
  • Antibody specificity demonstrated by immunocytochemistry. Two-color immunocytochemical labeling of cultured cells with the two MS642 primary monoclonal antibodies specific for COX-I and SDH-A. The two antibodies exhibit striking and specific co-localization in the mitochondria, consistent with the known mitochondrial expression of both proteins.
  • Antibody specificity demonstrated by Western Blot. A Western blot of total cell protein (10 µg) from human or rat cultured cells was probed with the primary and secondary antibodies and scanned with a LI-COR® Odyssey® imager. The two mitochondrial proteins targeted by the two primary mAbs were labeled and visualized specifically despite the presence of thousands of other proteins. Furthermore, reduction of mtDNA levels in human Rho0 (mtDNA-depleted) cells, or inhibition of mitochondrial protein translation by chloramphenicol in rat cells both result in specific reduction of COX-I protein while nuclear DNA-encoded SDH-A is unaffected.
  • Cells are grown to ~80% confluency in a 96- or 384-well plate, a drug/other treatment is applied to stimulate a cellular response. The cells are then fixed and permeabilized, effectively "freezing" them. Primary antibodies are then added which bind to their intended targets within the mitochondria or other subcellular compartment. After incubation, the unbound primary antibodies are washed away and secondary antibodies are added. These secondaries are conjugated to either IRDyes® or to an enzyme label (HRP or AP) for the colorimetric versions of the assays. Unbound secondaries are washed away, reaction buffer is added for the colorimetric assays, and the signal is read on a suitable instrument for the kit type.
    » In-cell ELISA diagram in PDF format



This product has been referenced in:

  • Feng JY  et al. Role of the Mitochondrial RNA Polymerase in the Toxicity of Nucleotide Inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus. Antimicrob Agents Chemother N/A:N/A (2015). Human . Read more (PubMed: 26596942) »
  • Feng JY  et al. Inhibition of Hepatitis C Virus Replication by GS-6620, a Potent C-Nucleoside Monophosphate Prodrug. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 58:1930-42 (2014). In-Cell ELISA ; Human . Read more (PubMed: 24419349) »
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This assay kit is easy to use, we can use 96-well plate or 384 well plate. HepG2 cells were seeded at 3000 cells/well in 96 well plates, allowed to grow for 7 days with a serial dilution of chloramphenicol, and then the relative amounts of COX-I, and SDH-A were measured in each well on the Licor Odyssey, Chloramphenicol inhibits mtDNA-encoded COX-I protein synthesis relative to nuclear DNA-encoded SDH-A protein synthesis by 50% at 5.36 µM.

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