[Histonet] in situ question

Tony Henwood AnthonyH <@t> chw.edu.au
Tue Aug 19 19:01:34 CDT 2008

Some questions,

What is "PARA"?

Is it an something you add to the formaldehyde solution?

Please don't use the term 4% paraformaldehyde, use 4% formaldehyde,
unless you are rolling the tissue in a powder consisting of 4%
paraformaldehyde and 96% talcum powder or some other solid!

Please refer to: Manoonkitiwongsa & Schultz (2002) Histochem J 34:


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I have a few questions regarding in situ hybridization. The protocol
that I am following indicates that they perfused rats with PBS followed
by 4% paraformaledhyde (in PBS). However, I always thought that one
generally extracts the rat brain fresh, flash freeze, section, and then
post-fix in 4% paraformaldehyde before commencing with the in situ
hybridization. I suppose it might not matter since in the end the tissue
is post-fixed in PARA; however, I would like to hear what others with
experience doing in situ think about this procedure. Additionally, does
one always use DEPC treated solutions even for these perfusion steps
(e.g., PBS perfusion, paraformaldehyde perfusion)? Lastly, does one have
to section on a cryostat? Could I simply use a vibrating microtome to
section the tissue instead. 

Thanks for the help everyone,


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