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Offline MSturm

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acetone fixation of frozen sections
« on: September 09, 2011, 09:47:44 AM »
We are searching for a protocol for acetone fixation for frozen sections.  The problem with the fixation that we are currently applying is that there is nuclear smearing and loss of cellular detail.  Routinely we fix for 10 minutes in cold acetone IN the freezer, then wash with 2 changes of buffer at 5 minutes each.  Anyone have some comments for us?

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Mary Sturm

acetone fixation of frozen sections
« on: September 09, 2011, 09:47:44 AM »

Offline Cardio

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Re: acetone fixation of frozen sections
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011, 11:58:17 AM »
We are searching for a protocol for acetone fixation for frozen sections.  The problem with the fixation that we are currently applying is that there is nuclear smearing and loss of cellular detail.  Routinely we fix for 10 minutes in cold acetone IN the freezer, then wash with 2 changes of buffer at 5 minutes each.  Anyone have some comments for us?

thanks
Mary Sturm
You can try to increase the time to 20 minutes and use fresh acetone or you can try methanol. IF you start out with autolysis tissue then you can get nuclear smearing. What is the tissue?

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Re: acetone fixation of frozen sections
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 04:13:03 PM »
I cut cryosections and immediately fix in 95% ethanol prior to air-drying.

See http://www.pathologyinnovations.com/frozen_section_technique.htm

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Re: acetone fixation of frozen sections
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 11:51:43 PM »
Do you wash the sections with buffer immediately after taking them out of a jar with acetone? This could be the problem.
Try to air-dry the slides (about 20 min RT) before proceeding with aqueous buffers.

Re: acetone fixation of frozen sections
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 11:51:43 PM »