[Histonet] Doublecortin staining with Abcam antibody

Montina Van Meter Montina.VanMeter <@t> pbrc.edu
Fri Apr 24 10:33:50 CDT 2009

   I routinely section rat brain at 40 microns and free-float them through the immuno protocol.  Here are a few 
1. Did you perform a dilution series to optimize the best antibody concentration?
2. I antigen retrieve difficult antibodies (especially with thick sections) in a Decloaker (Biocare), thus opening up 
    the binding sites.
3. I'm assuming the tissue is fixed - we incubate the sections in a 1% sodium borohydride solution (after 
    Decloaker step) to rid excess aldehyde in tissue prior to the blocking step (20-30 mins.) Follow with PBS or 
    TBS rinses.
3.  We also use 0.3% triton - this is not a high concentration for 40 um sections.
4.  I use 0.3% triton in my antibody diluent  - overnight incubation.
5.  Make sure you have at least 3 rinses in between incubations to rid nonspecific "glow garbage" from the 
     secondary antibody.
Hope this helps,
Montina J. Van Meter
Lab Manager
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA  70808


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Subject: [Histonet] Doublecortin staining with Abcam antibody

hi all, I am staining 40 um brain frozen sections with Abcam anti-DCX (rabbit source).

With 10% goat serum blocking for 1 hour before primary antibody, I observed a lot of non-specific fluorescence on my slide. Anyone experienced this before?

Second, I did not perform the antigen retrieval before the staining. The sections are made on a microtome, and floating sections are then mounted on slides.
But I added 0.3% triton to the primary antibody dilution. Will very long incubation (1-2 nights room temperature) with high concentration of triton affect the staining result? Such as "leaking" pattern of staining.


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