[Histonet] Frozen Rat Tissue Staining

Montina Van Meter Montina.VanMeter <@t> pbrc.edu
Sun Feb 13 11:21:15 CST 2011

How are you preserving the tissue prior to sectioning (i.e. liquid nitrogen, isopentane, etc.)?  Flash freezing is essential when dealing with unfixed tissue.


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On Feb 13, 2011, at 3:10 AM, "Stacy Deppeler" <sdeppeler <@t> ksu.edu.sa> wrote:

> Hi Histonetters,
> I've been trying to perform an immunofluorescent stain for Glutamine
> Synthetase on frozen rat eye sections and having very little luck. I put
> this down mostly to my lack of experience with frozen sections so I'm hoping
> I can find a little help here to guide me on where I am going horribly
> wrong. The problem I am having is that the retinal tissue is completely
> degraded by the time I am finished the stain.
> I have been using a staining protocol my PI gave me that his previous
> assistant used with good results, but for me is giving me nothing. Here's a
> quick summary:
> 1. Cut 10um sections of rat eye at -20C, mount on plus slide and air dry for
> 30 min.
> 2. Fix in -20C acetone for 10 min, air dry for 10 min.
> 3. 3X PBS-Tween20, 5 min.
> 4. 5% serum block, 10 min.
> 5. Primary antibody incubation, overnight at 4C.
> 6. 3X PBS-Tween20, 5 min.
> 7. Fluorophore-conjugated secondary antibody (Texas Red), 1hr.
> 8. 3X PBS-Tween20, 5 min.
> 9. IF aqueous mount with DAPI.
> I'm finding that the retinal tissue has already broken down significantly
> when I take the slides out from the overnight primary antibody incubation.
> My first thought is that the tissue is not fixed well enough but all my
> research so far tells me it should be. However, the more I read the more I'm
> at a loss as everyone has different opinions on fixing and air drying. The
> tissue did appear to be intact after cutting and fixing when observed under
> the microscope.
> Any input on my technique would be greatly appreciated as its hard to work
> out what you're doing wrong when you don't know what you're doing right!
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Stacy Deppeler.  (Aussie Expat)
> Research Assistant
> Department of Ophthalmology
> King Abdulaziz University Hospital
> King Saud University
> Riyadh, KSA
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