Induction and detection of necroptotic cell death in mammalian cell culture

Mikhail Chesnokov, Imran Khan, Ilana Chefetz

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The study of necroptosis is a rapidly growing field in current research of cell death mechanisms and cancer treatment strategies. While apoptotic cells can be reliably identified via annexin V assay, necroptosis is not associated with exposure of easily detectable markers. The most reliable way to identify necroptotic events is immunochemical detection of active phosphorylated RIPK1, RIPK3, and MLKL proteins facilitating necroptosis execution. This chapter describes a detailed protocol on necroptosis induction in human colon adenocarcinoma HT-29 cells, preparation of various positive and negative controls, detection of necroptosis mediator proteins via Western Blot analysis, and interpretation of results. This protocol allows reliable and specific detection of necroptosis in cell culture or tissue samples, and it provides a well-established model suitable for detailed studies of necroptosis molecular mechanisms in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
PublisherHumana Press
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

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© 2021, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Caspase inhibitors
  • Necroptosis
  • Necroptosis induction
  • Necroptosis inhibitors
  • Necroptosis markers
  • TNFα
  • Western Blot
  • Phosphorylation
  • Humans
  • Blotting, Western/methods
  • Receptor-Interacting Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism
  • Indoles/pharmacology
  • Protein Kinases/metabolism
  • Colonic Neoplasms/metabolism
  • Adenocarcinoma/metabolism
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article


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