Glucose Uptake Assay Kit (Colorimetric)

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Key features and details

  • Assay type: Cell-based (quantitative)
  • Detection method: Colorimetric
  • Platform: Microplate reader
  • Assay time: 3 hr
  • Sample type: Adherent cells, Suspension cells
  • Sensitivity: 0.01 nmol/well


Product name

Glucose Uptake Assay Kit (Colorimetric)
See all Glucose uptake kits

Detection method


Sample type

Adherent cells, Suspension cells

Assay type

Cell-based (quantitative)


<= 0.01 nmol/well

Assay time

3h 00m

Species reactivity

Reacts with: Mammals, Other species

Product overview

Glucose Uptake Assay Kit (Colorimetric) (ab136955) is a highly sensitive and easy to use non-radioactive assay kit which can detect glucose uptake as low as 10 pmol/well in a variety of cell types.

2-deoxyglucose (2-DG) is used in glucose uptake assay protocols because of its structural similarity to glucose. 2-DG is taken up by glucose transporters and metabolized to 2-DG-6-phosphate (2-DG6P). 2-DG6P cannot be further metabolized, and thus accumulates within cells. The accumulated 2-DG6P is directly proportional to 2-DG (or glucose) uptake by cells. In this assay, the 2-DG6P is oxidized to generate NADPH, the level of which can be determined by an enzymatic recycling amplification reaction.

Glucose uptake assay protocol summary:
– prepare cells with suitable glucose starvation / uptake stimulation depending on experimental set-up
– add 2-DG to cells and incubate for 20 mins at 37ºC
– wash cells with PBS to remove exogenous 2-DG
– lyse cells with extraction buffer and repeated pipetting
– freeze/thaw lysates and heat at 85ºC for 40 min
– cool on ice for 5 min
– add neutralizing buffer, spin and transfer supernatant to new tubes
– add supernatants and standards to wells
– add reaction mix A and incubate for 1 hr at 37ºC
– add extraction buffer and heat to 90ºC for 40 min
– cool on ice for 5 min and add neutralizing buffer
– add reaction mix B
– analyze every 2-3 mins on microplate reader in kinetic mode at 37ºC


This product is manufactured by BioVision, an Abcam company and was previously called K676 Glucose Uptake Colorimetric Assay Kit. K676-100 is the same size as the 100 test size of ab136955.

Review our Metabolism Assay Guide to learn about assays for metabolites, metabolic enzymes, mitochondrial function, and oxidative stress, and also about how to assay metabolic function in live cells using your plate reader.


Microplate reader


Storage instructions

Store at -20°C. Please refer to protocols.
ComponentsIdentifier100 tests
2-DeoxyglucosePurple1 x 1ml
2-DG6P Standard (Lyophilized)Yellow1 vial
Assay BufferWM1 x 25ml
Enzyme Mix (Lyophilized)Orange1 vial
Extraction BufferNM1 x 17ml
Glutathione Reductase (Lyophilized)Green2 vials
Neutralizing BufferClear1 x 2.5ml
Recycling Mix(Lyophilized)Blue1 vial
SubstrateRed2 vials

Research areas

  • Signal Transduction
  • Metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Kits/ Lysates/ Other
  • Kits
  • Cell Metabolism Kits
  • Sugar Assays
  • Metabolism
  • Pathways and Processes
  • Metabolic signaling pathways
  • Energy transfer pathways
  • Energy Metabolism