The Sister Chromatid Exchange (SCE) Assay
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A fully optimized staining method for detecting sister chromatid exchanges in cultured cells is presented. The method gives reproducibly robust quantitative results. Sister chromatid exchange is a classic toxicology assay for genotoxicity and for detecting alterations to the biochemistry underlying cellular homologous recombination. Growth of cells in the presence of 5′-bromo-deoxyuridine for two rounds of DNA replication followed by collecting metaphase spreads on glass slides, treatment with the UV-sensitive dye Hoechst 33258, long-wave UV light exposure, and Giemsa staining gives a permanent record of the exchanges.
Key wordsSister chromatid exchange (SCE) Homologous recombination (HR) Genotoxicity