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Fluoro AChE

Fluoro AChE Cell Technology Fluorescent Enzymatic Assay
Fluoro AChE
Fluorescent Acteylcholinesterase (AChE) Detection Kit - Detection of AChE in RBC, Saliva, and Tissue Lysates


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Exposure to chemical nerve agents, pesticides and certain drugs (anesthetics, cocaine and therapeutical drugs) reduces the activity of red blood cell (RBC) acetylcholinesterase (AChE). The RBC-AChE can be used as a biomarker to monitor suppressed and or increased AChE function in the peripheral and central nervous system (9). Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is one of the most important enzymes involved in nerve transmission. The enzyme is bound to cellular membranes of excitable tissue (synaptic junction, endoplasmic reticulum, etc) 1-3. Acute toxicity to humans and animals through inhibition of AChE by both nerve gases and an important class of pesticides has long been a field of intensive scientific investigation 4,5. AChE inhibitors have also been used clinically as Alzheimer’s treatments (e.g., tacrine (tetrahydroaminoacridine)) 6 and are the subject of increasing interest in various disease processes and treatment strategies 7,8. However, both environmental detection of AChE inhibitors and development of modulators of AChE enzymatic activity as drugs have been hampered by the difficulty and complexity of the current assay methods.

Key Benefits

  • Non Radioactive assay can monitor multiple time points to follow kinetics.
  • One-step, no wash assay.
  • Versatile: Can Detect AChE activity in RBC’s, Saliva and Tissue Lysates.
  • Readout – 96 well Fluorescent Plate Reader.

Assay Principle

We have developed a highly sensitive, very rapid, extremely simple assay to determine acetylcholinesterase activity in RBC’s, using the natural substrate, acetylcholine. Additionally, by using specific inhibitors, the kit can be used to detect AChE activity in a variety of samples. A series of coupled enzyme reactions quickly translates the presence of active AChE into a change in the fluorescence of a quenched detection reagent.

AChE + ATP + H20 + coupled enzyme reaction + quenched dye —-> Fluorescent

Dye (Ex:530-570nm



Time=10 minDilutionVolume usedug protein/wellRFU *
RBC no Ach1:100010uL5152
Rat brain1:50010uL205864
Rat brain no Ach1:50010uL20296
Saliva no Achneat10uLND772




Gonadal hormones modulate the potency of the disruptive effects of donepezil in male rats responding under a nonspatial operant learning and performance task - Leonard, Stuart T.; Hearn, John K.; Catling, Andrew D.; Winsauer, Peter J - Behavioral Pharmacology Feb 2010

Acetylcholinesterase, a key prognostic predictor for hepatocellular carcinoma, suppresses cell growth and induces chemosensitization - Yingjun Zhao, Xiaoying Wang, Tao Wang, Xin Hu, Xin Hui, Mingxia Yan, Qiang Gao, Taoyang Chen, Jinjun Li, Ming Yao, Dafang Wan, Jianren Gu, Jia Fan, Xianghuo He - Hepatology Vol 53, Issue 2, pp 493–503, February 2011-DOI: 10.1002/hep.24079


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Kit contents and Long Term storage

Component A: Detection Reagent Diluent, 5.5mLPart# 3023-20C
Component B: Coupled Enzyme Reagent, 5.5mLPart# 3024-20C
Component C: Detection Reagent, 1 VialPart# 4016-20C
Component D: 5X Reaction BufferPart# 3011-20C
Component E: AcetylcholinePart# 7012-20C
Component E: Reg Blood Cell AcetylcholinesterasePart# 6020-20C