Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type



Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

John Addis

Second Advisor

John Christenson

Third Advisor

John Semmens


The present study was designed to find a simple and effective staining technique to replace the tritiatedthymidine method in cell adhesion assays in 96-well microtiter plates. This method, a variation of previously used staining methods (Cardarelli and Pierschbacher, 1986; Barer, Lyon, and Draser, 1986), produced higher non-cellspecific background levels than the tritiated-thymidine method. But the staining method is useful for diverse cell types and the results attained through the staining technique were similar to those attained through the radiolabeling technique. The staining method produced reliable results in the screening of laminin and fibronectin peptides more quickly, less expensively, and less hazardously than the tritiated-thymidine labeling technique.

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