[Histonet] Reason for lengthy primary antibody incubation?

Edwards, R.E. ree3 <@t> leicester.ac.uk
Thu Feb 15 03:24:42 CST 2007

In  immunohistochemistry the  following truism is  applicable "What
works  for  you works  for you; what  works  for  me, works  for  me"  

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Subject: [Histonet] Reason for lengthy primary antibody incubation?

Hello histonet,


I've been a clinical histotech for about 6 years, and I made a
transition into research histology about 2 years ago.  I hadn't done any
IHC at my research postion until recently, and I have noticed a couple
of strange differences.  First, there are a wide variety of IHC
protocols different methods, etc. and I understand the reason for that.
But some of them have dramatic differences.  One collaborating lab has
an incubation of the primary antibody (Ubiquitin) overnight (16-20 hrs)
at 4 degrees in a "Hydrated chamber".  The primary is quite dilute
(1:40,000), and another lab adds a similar step for the secondary
antibody.  In my clinical experience, I had primarily used a kit, either
the Dako Envision or LSAB kit, or the Vector elite kit.  My PI, who has
no IHC experience until now, had me try the protocol with an overnight
incubation, and now since it worked, he wants me to do every antibody
from now on like that.  He was told by various post docs, etc who have
been doing research histology that doing a diluted overnight antibody
will make the primary stick better.  I know that research has a lot of
un-optimized antibodies that might be created in-house or might be for
another purpose, so a lengthy primary might make sense.  But is there
any reason to do this method for clinically tried and true antibodies?
I would appreciate all opinions.




Patrick Laurie, HT (ASCP)
Neurogenomics Laboratory
Benaroya Research Institute
1201 9th Ave
Seattle, Wa  98101
(206) 341-0681 


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