[Histonet] predentine

Geoff McAuliffe mcauliff <@t> umdnj.edu
Thu Jul 12 10:41:57 CDT 2007

You could put Alcian Blue, Safranin O or Toluidine blue O in the 
fixative (yes, in the fixative) to improve retention of GAGs. There is 
no one stain that will demonstrate all connective tissue components.


Rachel Neuenhoff wrote:
> I am trying to visualize the predentine layer in teeth. It is made up of a matrix of phosphoprotein and glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin-6-sulfate) and scattered type 1 collagen fibers. I've tried H&E with mixed results. Does someone know of stains that are specific to all three of these? I've read that alcain blue may work. Thanks!
>   Rachel Neuenhoff
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