[Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 40, Issue 27 Gill's Haemaqtoxylin

Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist Terry.Marshall <@t> rothgen.nhs.uk
Tue Mar 20 11:19:29 CDT 2007

 But why stop there instead of the real thing?
The antifreeze stops the precipitation of haematin in Gill's.
Isn't it everyone's dream to make it last longer:-)


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Subject: Re: [Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 40,Issue 27 Gill's Haemaqtoxylin


To make Harris' hematoxylin mercury free you only need to substitute 0.5 grams of sodium iodate for the  2.5 grams of mercuric oxide in the existing formula.
This is sufficient to oxidize the 5.0 grams of hematoxylin present and will result in a longer useful shelf life.
( See Lillie's text)
If you increase the hematoxylin content by 50% you will have to increase the amount of oxidant and will also dramatically alter the dye/mordant ratio.
The resulting solution will not stain like Harris', instead it will have a shorter staining time, or require more differentiation and have a reduced shelf life since it will rapidly precipitate the dye lake.


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From: "Duncan Wood" <duncanwood1 <@t> fsmail.net>
To: <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 2:51 PM
Subject: [Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 40,Issue 27 Gill's 

If you want to use Gill's then you must use the Aluminium Sulphate, If you 
want to use the higher strengths of Gill's (double and triple strengths) 
then make sure that ALL the proportions are done properly, other wise it 
won't work.
It is possible to use Harris's that is mercury free if you are happier with 
that, but the Haematoxylin content needs to be increased by about 50%. can 
give you fuller details if you need them.
Good staining!
Duncan Wood,
Consultant, Clin-Tech Ltd., UK

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Hello Histonetters,
We have decided to switch from Harris' hematoxylin to Gill's to avoid using
mercury. I have a couple of recipes for Gill's hematoxylin. They both call
for aluminum sulfate and sodium iodate. I have only ammonia alum,
NH4Al(SO4)2x12H2O, or potassium alum, KAl(SO4)2x12H2O and sodium periodate
on hand. Can I use these reagents instead and do I need to modify the
quantities of each. The IHC World recipe requires 0.2g sodium iodate and
20g aluminum sulfate for 1020 ml of the single strength hematoxylin (2g)
Thanks for any help you can give me.

Elizabeth Wurdak, PhD
Biology Department
Saint John¹s University
Collegeville, MN 56321
Tel: (320) 363-3177

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> are having much better results .We still use sponges for biopsies. Be sure
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