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Suspension Cell FACE™

adapt any FACE Kit for use with non-adherent cells

The Suspension Cell FACE module was designed to be used with any colorimetric or chemiluminescent FACE Kit; it provides you with 96-well filter plates that make it easier to perform washing & liquid handling steps through use of an appropriate vacuum manifold.

Simply substitute the filter tissue culture plates provided in Suspension Cell FACE for the standard 96-well plates supplied with FACE Kits, and use the Suspension Cell Blocking Buffer in place of the Antibody Blocking Buffer. In addition, fluorescent Hoechst stain is included for normalizing results, as the Crystal Violet stain included in FACE Kits stains the filters of the 96-well filter plates.

 
Name Format Cat No. Price  
Suspension Cell FACE™ 2 x 96 rxns 48305 $170 Buy Now
Suspension Cell FACE™ Chemi 2 x 96 rxns 48405 $170 Buy Now
 
Measurement of phosphorylated ERK1/2 (T202/Y204 & T185/Y187) and total ERK1/2 using the Suspension Cell FACE module and the FACE ERK1/2 Cell Based ELISA (In Cell Western) method.
 
Figure 1: FACE ERK1/2 with the Suspension Cell FACE module.

The Suspension Cell FACE module was used with FACE ERK1/2 Chemi to assay 50,000 Jurkat cells per well. Jurkat cells were serum-starved and treated with 100 ng/ml PMA (Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate) for 15 minutes. A three-fold increase in phospho-ERK1/2 was detected in the assay.

The FACE™ Method

In FACE, cells are cultured in 96-well plates and stimulated to induce the pathway of interest. Suspension Cell FACE provides filter tissue culture plates designed to optimize assays using suspension cells. Following stimulation, the cells are fixed rapidly, which preserves activation-specific protein modifications. Each well is then incubated with a primary antibody specific for the activated protein of interest. Subsequent incubation with secondary HRP-conjugated antibody and developing solution provides a colorimetric or chemiluminescent readout that is quantitative and reproducible (Figure 1). The number of cells in each well can be normalized easily with the provided Crystal Violet solution. FACE Kits also contain primary antibody specific for the native inactive protein, so you can monitor both native and activated protein levels in the same experiment. FACE eliminates cellular extractions, radioactive kinase assays, time-consuming Westerns and inefficient epitope interactions that occur on membranes. FACE is a highly sensitive high-throughput assay designed for detecting activated proteins within mammalian cells.

 
Flow chart of the FACE in cell Western method that uses a cell based ELISA to measure the levels of the native and phospho forms of signaling proteins and kinases that are activated by phosphorylation.
 
Figure 1: Flow chart of the FACE process.

Flow chart of the FACE in cell Western method that uses a cell based ELISA to measure the levels of the native and phospho forms of signaling proteins and kinases that are activated by phosphorylation.

Contents & Storage

Two 96-well filter colorimetric or chemiluminescent tissue culture plates, FACE Blocking Buffer and Hoechst Stain. Store reagents at 4°C. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months when stored properly.