[Histonet] FW: Cutting frozen tumour

Martin S. sonya.martin <@t> soton.ac.uk
Fri Dec 15 04:09:08 CST 2006



Hi there,
I'm having some trouble cutting frozen tumour samples. The tumours were
stored in liquid nitrogen and i embedded them in OCT in a dish of
isopentane on dry ice.
After cutting, the sections seem to have a very poor structure - bits of
the tissue have holes and some bits look stretched. There are also some
areas that seem to have high background with all antibodies and the
HRP/DAB. I dont know whether its a problem with embedding/cutting or if
this is just what tumours look like! - I'm used to cutting spleen and
lymph nodes. I've been using a number of different types of tumours
(breast, lung, colon etc) from human and mouse.
Some of the tumours I havent been able to cut at all they just crumble -
I have tried as low as -30oC and as high as -12oC cutting temp.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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