Live Staining of Lipid Droplets Using AdipoRed

April 9, 2019

EP140 v1.0



Key Steps:

Other Required Materials::

Visualization of intracellular lipid droplets in Emulate Organ-Chips

  • Live staining and fluorescent imaging in Organ-Chips
  • AdipoRedTM Adipogenesis Assay Reagent (Lonza, Cat # PT-7009)
  • PBS
  • Fluorescence microscope


  • 4% paraformaldehyde (PFA)


AdipoRedTM is used to localize and quantify intracellular lipid droplets.


Sample type

Live Organ-Chip

See Protocol EP155 Live Staining of Cells.

Recommended reagent dilution and incubation time

Dilute 1:40 in PBS. Incubate for 15 minutes at room temperature.

Note: Do not incubate for longer than 15 minutes as it will result in high background while imaging.

Fixative (optional)

Chips can be fixed immediately after staining: 4% PFA for 15 minutes at room temperature.

See Protocol EP137 Fixation and Immunofluorescence (IF) Staining.

Representative image

Image of AdipoRed (red) / nuclei staining (blue) indicating accumulation of lipids in hepatocytes in the human Liver-Chip (top channel).

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