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EdU Imaging Kits (Cy5)

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EdU Imaging Kits (Cy5) is a sensitive and reliable way to detect and quantify cell proliferation in cells. It is optimized for fluorescence microscopy. It is a better alternative to traditional BrdU (bromodeoxyuridine).
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50-500 tests
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Measuring cell proliferation and cell cycle are a fundamental method to assess cell health, determine genotoxicity, and evaluate drug’s pharmacodynamic effect. The common method is measuring DNA synthesis directly. In previous experiments, there are several approaches such as the incorporation of radioactive nucleosides (3H-thymidine) or BrdU. Here, we introduce one new method, click chemistry - CuAAC (Copper-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition), and the use of this reaction in direct measurement of S-phase DNA synthesis in cell cycle. "Click Chemistry" is a term that was introduced by K. B. Sharpless in 2001, it’s a set of biocompatible small molecule reactions commonly used in bioconjugation, allowing the joining of substrates with specific biomolecules (such as a reporter molecule).

A nucleoside analog of thymidine, EdU (5-ethynyl-2’-deoxyuridine), can be incorporated into DNA strand during DNA synthesis. The alkynyl group of EdU is a biologically inert group that will undergo an extremely selective reaction with dye’s azido via a CuAAC reaction to afford an 1,2,3-triazole product. EdU and Cy3/Cy5 azide possess biologically unique moieties to fluorescently label DNA of proliferating cells, producing low backgrounds and high detection sensitivities. This CuAAC reaction affords superior regioselectivity and quantitative transformation under extremely mild conditions. The reaction is a highly efficient and can be used in a quantitative manner via Flow Cytometry or fluorescence microscope.

EdU is an ideal alternative of BrdU since it’s independent of harsh DNA denaturing conditions (typically using HCl, heat, or digestion with DNase). In BrdU-based assays, it requires extra DNA denaturation to expose the BrdU to an anti-BrdU antibody which is huge compared to fluorescent dye used in EdU-based assays. Unlike bulky antibodies, alkyne and azide groups are very small in size, therefore Cy3/Cy5 azide gain access to the DNA under standard aldehyde-based fixation and detergent permeabilization. Besides, BrdU-based method is time consuming and difficult to perform consistently, antibodies of BrdU can exhibit nonspecific binding. The harsh treatments necessary for this method can adversely affect sample integrity, cell morphology and image quality. Because of the mild reaction conditions in EdU-based assay, you can accurately determine cell proliferation while preserving cell morphology, DNA integrity, antigen binding sites. Preservation of DNA integrity allows for DNA staining, including staining with dyes used for cell cycle analysis.

Cy3 azide (Excitation maximum: 555 nm Emission maximum: 570 nm)

Cy5 azide (Excitation maximum: 646 nm Emission maximum: 662 nm)

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Components and Storage

EdU (Component A) 5 mg
Cy5 azide (Component B) 1 vial
DMSO (Component C) 4 mL
10X EdU reaction buffer (Component D) 4 mL
CuSO4 (100 mM aqueous solution) (Component E) 1 vial
EdU buffer additive (Component F) 400 mg
Hoechst 33342 (10 mg/mL in Water) (Component G) 35 uL

Store at -20°C.

Keep them desiccate and potect from light.


Simple works in less time with no denaturation steps or harsh treatment

High efficiency with robust brightness

Providing better preservation of cell morphology, antigen structure, and DNA integrity

High consistency because of independence of variable BrdU-antibody


Store at -20°C. Keep them desiccate and potect from light.