In Situ Ki67 IHC-DAB Kit (50 tests)


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The Ki-67 antigen is a large nuclear protein (345, 395 kDa). The Ki-67 protein is present during all active phases of the cell cycle (G1, S, G2, and mitosis), but is absent from resting cells (G0), Therefore the expression of the human Ki-67 protein is strictly associated with cell proliferation and is not detectable during DNA repair processes. The expression of Ki67 is extensively used as a proliferation marker. The VitroView™ In Situ Ki67 IHC/DAB Kit detects Ki67 expression in tissue cells during cell proliferation. This Kit is optimized for one step immunohistochemical staining of Ki67 in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) sections, frozen sections, and cultured or isolated cells on slides.


In situ detection of Ki67 positive proliferation cells in human, mouse, rat, sheep, rabbit, dog, pig, monkey and Chinese hamster tissue.


VB-4002D-1 10×Ag Retrieval Solution 50 ml
VB-4002D-2 RTU Blocking Buffer 5 ml
VB-4002D-3 RTU anti-Ki67 Antibody 5 ml
VB-4002D-4 RTU Polymeric Peroxidase Conjugated Secondary Antibody 5 ml
VB-4002D-5 DAB Stock Solution (40x) 0.5 ml
VB-4002D-6 Stable DAB Buffer 20 ml
VB-4002D-7 RTU Hematoxylin Solution 5 ml
VB-4002D-8 Ki67 Positive Control FFPE Slides 2 slides

      Note: RTU=ready-to-use

Reagents and Material Required but Not Provided

  • Xylene and ethanol
  • Distilled or deionized water
  • 30% hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 mM phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), pH 7.4
  • Triton X-100
  • Mini PAP Pen
  • Mounting Media


Store at 2-8°C.


1.Preparation of Slides

       1) For Cell Lines

  • Grow cultured cells on sterile glass cover slips or slides overnight at 37 º C.
  • Wash briefly with PBS.
  • Fix as desired. Possible procedures include: a) 20 minutes with 10% formalin in PBS (keep wet); or b)10 minutes with ice cold methanol, allow to air dry;  or c) 10 minutes with ice cold acetone, allow to air dry.
  • Wash in PBS.

        2) For Frozen Sections

  • Snap frozen fresh tissues in liquid nitrogen or isopentane pre-cooled in liquid nitrogen, embedded in OCT compound in cryomolds. Store the frozen tissue block at -80°C until ready for sectioning.
  • Transfer the frozen tissue block to a cryotome cryostat (e.g. -20°C) prior to sectioning and allow the temperature of the frozen tissue block to equilibrate to the temperature of the cryotome cryostat.
  • Section the frozen tissue block into a desired thickness (typically 5-10 µm) using the cryotome.
  • Place the tissue sections onto glass slides suitable for immunohistochemistry (e.g. Superfrost).
  • Sections can be stored in a sealed slide box at -80°C for later use.
  • Before staining, warm slides at room temperature for 30 minutes and fix in ice cold acetone or ice cold methanol for 10 minutes. Air dry for 30 minutes.
  • Wash in PBS.

      3)  For Paraffin Sections

  • Deparaffinize sections in xylene, 3×5min.
  • Hydrate with 100% ethanol, 2×2min.
  • Hydrate with 95% ethanol, 2×2min.
  • Rinse in distilled water.
  • Follow procedure for pretreatment as required.

2. Antigen retrieval

Prepare 100ml of 1×Ag retrieval working solution by mixing 10 ml of 10× Ag Retrieval Solution with 90 ml of ddH2O. Place the slides in a coplin jar containing the 1xAg retrieval working solution and heat in a microwave oven for 2-3 min to bring slides to boil. Other sources of heat such as pressure cooker or hot water bath may be used. Maintain at a sub-boiling temperature for 10 minutes. Slowly cool slides on bench top for 30 minutes.

        Note: Do not use this pretreatment with frozen sections or cultured cells that are not paraffin-embedded. Dilute 10×Ag Retrieval Solution to 1×Ag Retrieval Solution by adding 90ml ddH2O into 10ml of 10×Ag Retrieval Solution.

3. Staining Procedure

  • Rinse sections in PBS-Triton X-100 (0.025%) for 2×2min
  • Serum Blocking: incubate sections with 3-4 drops of RTU blocking buffer for 30 minutes to block non-specific binding of immunoglobulin.
  • Primary Antibody: incubate sections with RTU anti-Ki67 antibody for 1-2 hour at room temperature or overnight at 4 °C. Rinse in PBS.
  • Peroxidase Blocking (optional): incubate sections in 0.3% hydrogen peroxide in PBS for 10 minutes at room temperature. Rinse in PBS.
  • Detection: incubate sections with 3-4 drops of RTU polymeric peroxidase conjugated secondary antibody for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Rinse in PBS for 3×2min.
  • DAB solution Preparation: DAB solution is made by mixture of 25 µl of DAB stock solution with 1ml of stable DAB buffer.
  • Chromogen/Substrate: incubate sections with 2-3 drops of DAB solution for 2-8 minutes. Monitor signal development under a microscope.
  • Rinse in distilled water 2×2 min.
  • Counterstain: For counterstaining, incubate sections with 3 drops of RTU hematoxylin solution for 1-2 minutes. Rinse in tape water 2×2 min.
  • Dehydrate through 75% ethanol for 2 min, 95% ethanol for 2 min, and 100% ethanol for 2x3min. Clear in xylene for 2×5 min.
  • Coverslip with mounting medium.

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