Detection of active caspases during apoptosis using fluorescent activity-based probes

Laura E Edgington-Mitchell, Matthew Bogyo

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Activity-based probes (ABPs) are reactive small molecules that covalently bind to active enzymes. When tagged with a fluorophore, ABPs serve as powerful tools to investigate enzymatic activity across a wide variety of applications. In this chapter, we provide detailed methods for using fluorescent ABPs to detect the activity of caspases during the onset of apoptosis in vitro. We describe how these probes can be used to biochemically profile caspase activity in vitro using fluorescent SDS-PAGE as well as their application to imaging protease activity in live animals and tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgrammed Cell Death: Methods and Protocols
EditorsHamsa Puthalakath, Christine J Hawkins
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781493935819
ISBN (Print)9781493935796
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745


  • Activity-based probes
  • Apoptosis
  • Caspases
  • Fluorescent SDS-PAGE
  • Imaging
  • Proteases

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