[Histonet] Cryostat issues with lobster tissues

Norman Meres nmeres <@t> gmu.edu
Wed Aug 1 13:51:36 CDT 2007

	I am adapting a histochemical technique for sectioning lobster  
epidermis and staining for enzyme activity. I have been trying to  
find an ideal freezing temperature for the cryostat. The technique I  
am adapting was originally developed for scyphozoans, and calls for  
freezing temp of –30 C. This appears to be too cold, as the tissue  
just crumbles the blade crosses it. I have tried –20 C, and this  
appears to be better, but I was wondering if anyone has experience  
with freezing arthropod or crustacean tissues, and might have a  
suggested temp.


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> From: mwstarbu <@t> mdanderson.org
> Date: August 1, 2007 2:10:40 PM EDT
> To: Histonet <@t> pathology.swmed.edu, histonet- 
> bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: Re: [Histonet] Thin sectioning bone in PMMA
> We apply a 50% butyl glycol, 35% ethanol solution to the  
> sections.   The
> application is as follows.  We apply a liberal amount with a small  
> paint
> brush and let dry 5 -10 minutes under a fume hood.  Apply again and  
> use
> downward pressure with the brush to remove wrinkles. During the 2nd
> application you will notice the sections are much more pliable  
> enableing
> you to easily remove large wrinkles.  We then cover the slides with
> plastic strips, press and dry at 55 degrees C overnnight
> Mike
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