Alamar Blue and Lymphocyte Proliferation Assay

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Alamar Blue and Lymphocyte Proliferation Assay

Can someone please help!!??  I've been using Alamar Blue to measure the effects of an antagonist on human myeloid and lymphoid cell lines, and been getting good growth curves.  I'm trying to extend the assay to normal human lymphocytes.  Using PHA, I see an increase in AB reduction over 1-3 days post-culture, but get a similar growth curve with the control unstimulated cells, even though under the microscope, you can clearly see blast formation in the PHA cultures.  I tried adding IL-2 as well as trying Con A, but in all cases, the unstimulated cultures show an identical longitudinal increase in AB reduction as unstimulated cultures.  In the old days, 3H thymidine would give me at least 5-10x more cpm between the two.  Any ideas?