[Histonet] Re: Responses to micron thickness for Rhodanine copper

Monson, Frederick FMonson <@t> wcupa.edu
Mon Sep 28 15:24:16 CDT 2009

Once upon a time there was an investigator who used sections of testis of unspecified thickness to stain with iron hemtoxylin.  From his observations of the results, he concluded that there were two distinct populations of Sertoli cells based on his observation of two distinct populations of Sertoli cell nuclei - one darkly stained and one lightly stained.  The paper was published in Scandanavia in the late 1950's.  My unsupported conclusion was - I was very young at the time - that intact nuclei will hold more stain/dye than sectioned nuclei (not sealed to the slide) in a procedure that requires a 'differentiation' step with the mordant.

In this case, do thicker sections hold more intact cells?

Just thought I'd ask the question.

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Fred Monson

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Subject: [Histonet] Re: Responses to micron thickness for Rhodanine copper

Hi and thank you all for your responses!
Everyone agreed that the thicker sections allow the copper pigments to be better visualized. However the responders were split 50/50 in the thickness. There were labs that did cut the sections at 3 microns with continuous good results and the others at 6 microns. One lab cut the sections at 10 microns. I appreciate all your help and now we will test on three microns too.
Thanks again,

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