[Histonet] Rat T Cell Marker

koellingr <@t> comcast.net koellingr <@t> comcast.net
Wed Dec 19 10:07:53 CST 2007

what "pan T cell marker" are you using? Also, what do you define as an "immature" T cell?  I've used BD Pharmingen mouse anti-rat CD3 in FFPE thymus with citrate retrieval and that will target the CD3 complex but a few other subsets of cells other than T-cells can express CD3.  Also have used BD Pharmingen mouse anti-rat alpha/beta antibody on FFPE thymus with citrate retrieval but of course you will miss gamma/delta rearrangements but maybe that is not a concern.  I've not tried the anti gamma/delta Ab on paraffin (only flow) but it might work.  Perhaps others have tried.  Also CD25 (low-affinity IL-2R) I've not had luck with on FFPE but maybe others have.  Have had nice results with TdT (nuclear enzyme involved in TCR rearrangement) rabbit polyclonal on rat thymus FFPE.  There are a few others, depends on the specificity and design of your model and exactly what you are looking for.

Ray Koelling
PhenoPath Labs
Seattle, WA

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From: "Kristen Broomall" <histotechkb <@t> gmail.com> 

> Good Morning all, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on an antibody 
> to detect T cells (only, no B cells) in formalin fixed, paraffin embedded 
> rat thymus and spleen. I have a Pan T Cell marker that is working well in 
> the spleen, but so-so in the thymus, so I think that it is only staining the 
> mature T cells, and not immature cells (which of course, is what we also 
> need to see). I've been reading up alot on T cells and trying to figure this 
> out (CD3, CD4, CD8, TCR, lions, tigers and bears - Oh My!), but I fear our 
> deadline for getting staining done is shorter than the time I have to 
> educate myself properly! 
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 
> Happy Holidays, 
> Kristen Broomall, HT (ASCP) 
> histotechkb <@t> gmail.com 
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