Liquid nitrogen, mouse spleen Re: [Histonet] Freezing tissues
gcallis <@t> montana.edu
Thu Jan 4 10:27:19 CST 2007
Yes, your very last suggestion will work perfectly. We place a plastic
petri dish IN the liquid nitrogen, then you can set the OCT embedded spleen
in the petri dish. We have shattered spleen and if we do isopentane cooled
by liquid nitrogen, or direct immersion into liquid nitrogen. Just make
sure the petri dish is supported so it does not tip over in the Liq N2, and
do not allow Liq N2 into the dish. You need to replenish the liq nitrogen
as it is important to maintain the dish directly in the N2. In other
words, the dish goes canoeing in the Liq N2.
At 03:08 AM 1/4/2007, you wrote:
>I need to freeze some mouse spleens tomorrow for cryosectioning. Usually
>I cut the spleen in half and place it in OCT in a foil mould. I then
>place the foil mold in a petri dish of isopentane sitting on dry ice.
>This seems to work well and I dont have problems with ice crystals or
>freezing artifacts. However, after the holidays there is not a drop of
>dry ice to be found in our institute so I need some advice on another
>method - possibly using liquid nitrogen. I've read a number of methods
>whereby you immerse the tissue directly in the LN, hold the tissue in
>the LN vapours or do as I do with isopentane but have the petri dish
>floating on LN (is this possible?).
>Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
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