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High-throughput approaches to measuring cell death


Cell death is integral to developmental and disease processes, and high-throughput screening (HTS) has been instrumental both for understanding biological mechanisms underlying cell death and for discovering novel therapeutic agents targeting these pathways. The various cell death modalities and their distinctive morphological and biochemical features have led to the development of a staggering variety of assays to measure these features, many of which have been adapted to HTS format. Although not all cell death assays are readily amenable to a high-throughput format, the potential power of HTS assays and increasing accessibility to associated technology make it likely that new approaches will continue to emerge. In particular, many recent studies in this field have used multiplex assays and high-content imaging to measure several features concurrently. Here, we discuss a broad array of considerations for designing HTS cell death assays, including some common challenges and pitfalls. We aim to provide a framework for deciding the most appropriate biological readouts, assay strategy and mode, workflow, controls, validation, and bioinformatics.

Type Journal
ISBN 1559-6095 (Electronic) 1559-6095 (Linking)
Authors Saunders, D. N. ; Falkenberg, K. J. ; Simpson, K. J.;
Publisher Name Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol
Published Date 2014-01-01
Published Volume 2014
Published Issue 6
Published Pages 591-601
Status Published in-print
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OpenAccess link to author's accepted manuscript version