A rapid cell membrane permeability test using flourescent dyes and flow cytometry

A reliable and rapid test to detect cytotoxic chemicals which affect cell membranes is described. Fluorescein diacetate freely penetrates intact cells where it is hydrolyzed to its fluorochrome, fluorescein, which is retained in the cell due to its polarity. On the other hand, ethidium bromide is known to be excluded from the intact cell, staining only… CONTINUE READING