The intracellular level of the proto-oncoprotein beta-catenin is a parameter for the activity of the Wnt pathway, which has been linked to carcinogenesis. The paper introduces a novel sandwich-based ELISA for the determination of the beta-catenin concentration in lysates from cells or tissues. The advantages of the method were proven by determining beta-catenin levels in cell lines and in cells after activation of the Wnt pathway. Analysis revealed high beta-catenin concentrations in the cell lines HeLa, KB, HT1080, MCF-7, U-87 and U-373, which had not been described before. beta-Catenin concentrations were compared in HEK293 and C57MG cells after activation of the Wnt pathway. The beta-catenin concentrations increased by different factors depending on whether the Wnt pathway was activated by incubation with LiCl or with Wnt-3a-conditioned medium. This finding indicated that the beta-catenin level depends on the way and level of Wnt pathway activation. The quantitative analysis of beta-catenin in colorectal tumours revealed high beta-catenin levels in tumours with truncating mutations in the APC gene.