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Colorimetric Phagocytosis Assays

• Fast and accurate quantification of phagocytosis
• No manual counting
• High-throughput compatible

In mammals, phagocytosis by phagocytes (e.g. macrophages, dendritic cells, and neutrophils) is essential for a variety of biological events, including tissue remodeling and the continuous clearance of dying cells. Furthermore, phagocytosis represents an early and crucial event in triggering host defenses against invading pathogens.
Phagocytosis comprises a series of events, starting with the recognition and binding of particles by cell surface receptors, followed by the formation of actin-rich membrane extensions around the particle.
Fusion of the membrane extensions results in phagosome formation, which precedes phagosome maturation into a phagolysosome. Pathogens inside the phagolysosome are destroyed by lowered pH, hydrolysis, and radical attack. These early events that are mediated by the innate immune system are critical for host survival. As a result of this process, pathogen-derived molecules can be presented at the cell surface (antigen presentation), allowing the induction of acquired immunity.

Traditionally, erythrocytes (red blood cells) are commonly used in phagocytosis assays. For FcR mediated phagocytosis, erythrocytes are first opsonized with serum or IgG before they are added to phagocytes. After removal of non-phagocytic erythrocytes, engulfed erythrocytes are quantitated.
In contrary to conventional phagocytosis assays, the CytoSelect™ 96-well Phagocytosis Assay does not involve subjective manual counting of erythrocytes. Instead cells are lyzed and detected by the proprietary erythrocyte substrate in a microtiter plate reader. This format provides a quantitative, high-throughput method to accurately measure phagocytosis. The CytoSelect™ 96-well Phagocytosis Assay provides a robust system for screening Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands, phagocytosis activators or inhibitors.

Alternatively, the CytoSelect™ 96-well Phagocytosis Assay (Zymosan particle based) is offered using Zymosan particles as substrate for quantifying phagocytosis, see table below.

Principle of the CytoSelect™ 96-well Phagocytosis Assay.

Inhibition of Raw 264.7 macrophage phagocytosis by cytochalasin D.
20,000 cells/well of Raw 264.7 macrophages were seeded overnight in a 96-well plate. Cytochalasin D was used to pre-treat Raw 264.7 cells for 1 hr at 37 ºC before IgG opsonized sheep red blood cells (RBC) were added at 50:1 ratio. Phagocytosis was stopped after 30 minutes and the amount of engulfed red blood cells was determined as described in the protocol of the CytoSelect™ 96-well Phagocytosis Assay (Erythrocytes based).
(A) Non-opsonized RBC + Raw 264.7. (B) IgG opsonized RBC + Raw 264.7. (C) IgG opsonized RBC + Raw 264.7 (2 µM cytochalasin D pre-treated).



Description Cat# Size Price    
CytoSelect 96-Well Phagocytosis Assay (E. coli based) CBA-222-CB 96 assays 662 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
CytoSelect 96-well Phagocytosis Assay (Red Blood Cells / Erythrocytes based) CBA-220-CB 96 assays 597 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
CytoSelect 96-well Phagocytosis Assay (Zymosan Substrate based) CBA-224-5-CB 5 x 96 assays 2828 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
CytoSelect 96-well Phagocytosis Assay (Zymosan Substrate based) CBA-224-CB 96 assays 688 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 

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