[Histonet] RE: g ratio

Houston, Ronald Ronald.Houston <@t> nationwidechildrens.org
Tue Jan 25 11:13:16 CST 2011


Most studies involving morphometric studies of peripheral nerves involve "thick" plastic sections stained with toluidine blue. In my opinion, you are unlikely to get consistent and acceptable staining results on paraffin sections for the simple reason that the intense blue staining on thick EM sections is more from the osmium tetroxide than the toluidine blue per se.

Ronnie Houston, MS HT(ASCP)QIHC
Anatomic Pathology Manager

ChildLab, a Division of Nationwide Children's Hospital


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Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:16 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] g ratio


We have to measure the "g ratio" (ratio of the inner axonal diameter to the total outer diameter) - rat sciatic nerve - at least 500 myelinated fibers per nerve will be evaluated with a standard imaging soflware.

Do you think that we can perform this work with thin paraffin slides - 1.5µm (stained with toluidine blue), in spite of the best practice seems to prepare semithin sections from epoxy resin blocks.

Thank you,




Evreux, France


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