[Histonet] clostridium and bacterial spores in tissue sections

Jean-Martin Lapointe jm.lapointe <@t> accellab.com
Mon Jan 16 07:21:11 CST 2012

Hi Liz,
I'm not sure why a good old Gram (or Brown and Brenn) wouldn't work for your sections. I have visualized clostridia with such stains in the past, and the terminal spores were easily visible.

Jean-Martin Lapointe, DMV, MS, dACVP
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--- On Sat, 1/14/12, Elizabeth Chlipala <liz <@t> premierlab.com> wrote:

From: Elizabeth Chlipala <liz <@t> premierlab.com>
Subject: [Histonet] clostridium and bacterial spores in tissue sections
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 12:58 PM

Hello everyone

I need a bit of help.  I have to stain for clostridium and bacterial spores in tissue sections.  I have come across a few references to staining these on smears but not on tissue sections.  I did find one reference that used Ziehl-Neelsen to stain terminal spores from clostridium tetani.  Does anyone out there know if the stain they use in microbiology for smears will work on tissue sections?  Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance


Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
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