Membrane integrity has been used as a criterion for the definition of cell viability. In the present work, staining conditions (time and dye concentration) for the evaluation of membrane integrity in a fluorescence microplate reader, using the membrane-impermeant nucleic-acid dye SYTOX Green, were optimized. Incubating Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata algal cells with 0.5 μmol/l SYTOX Green for 40 min allowed a clear discrimination between live (intact plasma membrane) and dead cells (with compromised plasma membrane). Algal cell suspensions, labelled with SYTOX Green, exhibited a green fluorescence proportional to the fraction of the cells with a permeabilized plasma membrane. The optimized staining conditions were used to assess the toxicity of 1-pentanol on P. subcapitata in a short-term exposure (6 h) assay. The loss of membrane integrity in the cell population increased with the concentration of 1-pentanol. The 6-h EC10 and EC50 values were 7,617 mg/l 1-pentanol (95 % confidence limits 4,670–9,327) and 12,818 mg/l 1-pentanol (95 % confidence limits 10,929–15,183), respectively. The developed microplate-based short-term assay can be useful in the high-throughput screening of toxics or environmental samples using the alga P. subcapitata.
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase polymorphism G298T in association with oxidative DNA damage in coronary atherosclerosis
Content Type Journal Article
Category Research Note
RAJESH G. KUMAR, Department of Genetics, Osmania Univers ... more
A micropropagation protocol was developed for multiplication of seedless lemon (Citrus limon L. cv. Kaghzi Kalan) using nodal explants. The maximum shoot regeneration was observed on low level of BAP (0.1 mg l−1) or kinetin (0.5 mg l−1). BA was recorded to be better than kinetin in terms of ... more
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