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Staining of Rat Cortical Stem Cells
Published in December 2006 2007 (p.11)

A key to successful identification of biomolecules by immunofluorescence (IF) staining involves careful selection of specific antibodies. Many of R&D Systems antibodies have been extensively tested for IHC/IF applications and are selected based on a high signal-to-noise ratio. The following protocol is intended to be a starting point for intracellular IF staining of rat cortical stem cells. For alternative protocols for cell-surface staining and IHC, please visit R&D Systems website at Web site (external)



Rat cortical stem cells (R&D Systems Catalog # NSC001) were grown on sterile cover slips in 24-well plates according to the protocol outlined in R&D Systems Mouse/Rat Neural Stem Cell Functional Identification Kit (R&D Systems Catalog # SC013).

Remove media and wash cells twice with 1 mL of PBS.

Fix cells with 0.5 mL of 4% paraformaldehyde for 20 minutes at room temperature.

Wash cells three times with 0.5 mL of 0.1% BSA in PBS for 5 minutes each.

Permeabilize and block cells with 0.5 mL of PBS containing 10% normal donkey serum, 0.1% Triton X-100, and 1% BSA (Blocking Buffer) for 45 minutes at room temperature.

Wash cells three times with 0.5 mL of 0.1% BSA in PBS for 5 minutes each.

Incubate with 300 µl of primary antibody/antibodies diluted in Blocking Buffer overnight at 4° C.

Note: A negative control should be performed using Blocking Buffer with no primary antibody.

Wash cells three times with 0.5 mL of 0.1% BSA in PBS for 5 minutes each.

Incubate with 300 µl of appropriate R&D Systems NorthernLights™ fluorescent secondary antibody diluted in Blocking Buffer in the dark at room temperature for one hour.

Wash cells three times with 0.5 mL of 0.1% BSA in PBS for 5 minutes each.

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