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How to measure intracellular pH using flow cytometry?

Posted April 2, 2019


RatioWorks™ BCFL, AM (21190) is a cell-permeable fluorogenic probe that can be used in flow cytometric assays to measure intracellular pH. Below is a brief protocol:

  1. Prepare cells for flow cytometry – for optimal performance flow cytometry requires between 2 x 105 to 1 x 106 cells
  2. Centrifuge to remove growth medium
  3. Add 1X 100 nM RatioWorks™ BCFL, AM working solution
  4. Incubate at 37 °C for 30 to 60 minutes
  5. Centrifuge to remove the dye loading solution
  6. Re-suspend cells in 1 mL Hank's Buffer with Hepes (HHBS).
  7. Analyze your sample with a flow cytometer using FITC channel
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RatioWorks™ BCFL, AM *Superior replacement for BCECF*