Anti-Neu5Gc may be used for staining cells prior to analysis by Flow Cytometry. This kit contains all the essential components needed to identify Neu5Gc on the surface of cells by flow cytometry.Use of the blocking agent (Neu5Gc Assay Blocking Solution) provided in the kit is essential, as commonly used blocking agents invariably contain serum, or serum components, that can either inhibit detection or introduce Neu5Gc contamination.Tissue culture-grown CHO-K1 can be used as a positive control, and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells serve as a negative control. Adherent tissue culture-grown cells should be released from the culture flasks by using 5-10mM EDTA for 10 minutes at room temperature. Other non-enzymatic methods, such as Accutase, may be used. Immediately wash cells in blocking buffer that contains a lower concentration of EDTA, and resuspend cells in blocking buffer to determine cell numbers and viability.