[Histonet] IHC in Fixed Frozen vs. Processed and Paraffin Embedded Brain Tissue

CM Bush clarissabush <@t> sbcglobal.net
Fri Oct 14 20:10:48 CDT 2005

Hi Lorie,
Thanks for getting back to me.  
Yes this tissue has been fixing in 10% NBF and cut on a freezing stage microtome (not a cryostat).  This tissue has been in 10% NBF for month-years, so the tissue is very well fixed.  Right, I guess I should have emphasized this in my post.
As well I left out, the reason we are cutting the brain tissue on the freezing stage microtome, is so that we may cut thick (40um) sections, which will flatten out on the slides (thick paraffin sections wrinkle more than will work for what we are doing.)

bjdewe <@t> aol.com wrote:
Why are you doing antigen retrieval on frozen sections? AR is for paraffin tissues that are fixed ... or are your frozens fixed as well?
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Hello there Dear Histonet, I am re posting this from a few days ago.  The were no responses, so I'm hoping maybe this time.  Much thanks for everyone's patience.We are trying to stain human anterior cingulate brain with anti Calretinin.  We have taken a sample of said tissue (fixed in 10% NBF);processed and paraffin embedded one portion of the tissue and cut the other portion on a freezing stage microtome (fixed frozen sample cryo protected with 30% sucrose).   (The sections for both varieties mounted on slides.) We have been able to see Calretinin staining (at 1:3000)  for the processed, embedded tissue but not for the fixed frozen version of the same tissue.  For all tissue, antigen retrieval was done using citrate buffer pH6 and microwaving 12 min high and 6 min low, in a pressure cooker. Also, we used  TBS buffer with 0.4% Triton X for all sections. Would anyone have any ideas as to what might be going on that the processed/embedded tissue will stain and the fixed frozen version
 of the same sample does not? Thank you very much, again. Clarissa _______________________________________________Histonet mailing listHistonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.eduhttp://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet

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