Background/aim: Conventional viability tests, help to screen the cellular effects of candidate molecules, but the endpoint of these measurements lacks sufficient information regarding the molecular aspects. A non-invasive, easy-to-setup live-cell microscopic method served to in-depth analysis of mechanisms of potential anticancer drugs.
Materials and methods: The proposed method combining the MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) test with time-lapse scanning microscopy (TLS), provided additional data related to the cell-cycle and the dynamic properties of cell morphology. Apoptotic and necrotic events became detectable with these methods.
Results: Quantification of the results was assisted by image analysis of the acquired image sequences. After demonstrating the potential of the TLS method, a series of experiments compared the in vitro effect of a known and a newly synthesized nucleoside analogue.
Conclusion: The proposed approach provided a more in-depth insight into the cellular processes that can be affected by known chemotherapeutic agents including nucleoside analogues rather than applying repeated individual treatments.
Keywords: Antimetabolites; cellular morphology; nucleoside analogues; time-lapse microscopy.
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