• Product name
    WST-1 Cell Proliferation Assay Kit II
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  • Sample type
    Adherent cells, Suspension cells
  • Assay type
  • Assay time
    4h 00m
  • Product overview

    WST-1 Cell Proliferation Assay Kit II provides by far the easiest and most sensitive means for quantifying cell proliferation and viability in mammalian cells.

    WST-1 assays are based on the cleavage of the tetrazolium salt to formazan by cellular mitochondrial dehydrogenase. The amount of the dye generated by activity of dehydrogenase is directly proportional to the number of living cells. The formazan dye produced by viable cells can be quantified by multi-well spectrophotometer (microtiter plate reader) by measuring the absorbance of the dye solution at 440 nm.

    The WST-1 assay is just add-and-read, requiring no washing, no harvesting, and no solubilization steps. It is faster, stable, and more sensitive than MTT, XTT, MTS based assays. The assay correlates well with the [3H]-thymidine incorporation assay.

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    Review our cell health assays guide to learn more about our other cell viability, cytotoxicity and cell proliferation assay kits.

    This kit was previously called Quick Cell Proliferation Assay Kit II.



  • Mitochondrial dehydrogenases checked in various cell concentrations at different incubation times (2h WST for each condition)

  • HL60 cell proliferation measured after 24h incubation (37°C/5%CO2) and 2h WST at various camptothecin concentrations

  • HL60 cell proliferation measured after 48h incubation (37°C/5%CO2) and 2h WST at various camptothecin concentrations

  • HL60 cell proliferation measured after 72h incubation (37°C/5%CO2) and 2h WST at various camptothecin concentrations



This product has been referenced in:
  • Racioppi L  et al. Calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase kinase 2 regulates hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell regeneration. Cell Death Dis 8:e3076 (2017). Read more (PubMed: 28981105) »

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Customer reviews and Q&As

The primary difference between the quick cell proliferiation assay (ab65473) and quick cell plus proliferation assay (ab65475) is that the ab65475 is more sensitive and more stable.

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The Quick Cell Proliferation Assay Kit (ab65473) and Quick Cell Proliferation Assay Kit II (ab65475) should not be affected by serum in your culture medium. Any differences from th...

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As I understand you are looking for an absolute cut-off value for the OD. This is a comparative assay in which you can let the colour develop for an extended period of time to look...

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I have now received an answer from lab. They say the colour might develop with longer incubation of the samples. However, the machine can detect the absorbance only within a certain limit. Keeping that in mind, we reco...

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The phenol red from the sample will be diluted in the reaction buffer to a degree that it will not interfere with the assay.

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