Automated 96-well format high throughput colony formation assay for siRNA library screen.
Hatch SB., Prevo R., Chan T., Millar V., Cornelissen B., Higgins G., Ebner D.
The colony formation assay is the gold-standard technique to assess cell viability after treatment with cytotoxic reagents, ionizing radiation, and cytotoxic combinatorial treatments. This protocol describes a high-throughput automated and high-content imaging approach to screen siRNA molecular libraries in HeLa cervical cancer cells in 96-well format. We detail reverse transfection of cells with siRNAs, followed by ionizing radiation, fixing, and staining of the plates for automated colony counting. This protocol can be used across a broad range of cell types. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Tiwana et al. (2015).