[Histonet] RE: Brain Problems
McMahon, Loralee A
Loralee_Mcmahon <@t> URMC.Rochester.edu
Tue Jul 27 09:50:47 CDT 2010
How big are these rat brains? Are you processing by hand or with a machine?
We routinely process pieces of human brain for about 10 to 11 hours on a VIP. This seems like a really really long cycle. No heat and no vacuum until the paraffin infiltration step. (formalin, 70% EtoH, 95% EtoH, 95% EtoH, 100% EtoH, 100% EtoH, Xylene, Xylene, paraffin, paraffin)
You might want to back it off to one hour in each step and then see what you get. You may be able to get away with an even shorter cycle if the pieces of brain are smaller.
Loralee McMahon, HTL (ASCP)
Strong Memorial Hospital
Department of Surgical Pathology
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Poole, Kimberly [Kimberly.Poole <@t> drdc-rddc.gc.ca]
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Subject: [Histonet] Brain Problems
I am currently using rat brain for histology but something is not working. I follow the protocol below for tissue processing.
27 hours 20 minutes
I embedded my brains and then cut them afterwards. When the brain section hits the water, it looks like a blob of fat on the water. Then it spreads reall, really slowly. If a cut is made to the paraffin the brain bursts open and it falls apart. Am I doing something wrong in the processing stage? Is the tissue dehydrated too much. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Kimberly Poole B.Sc
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