RE: [Histonet] baking bone slides for heat retrieval techniques?

From:"Patsy Ruegg"

There have been many shared methods for adhering bone sections to slides and
I have probably used them all at one time or another.  In my experience it
is best to avoid HIER on bone for IHC although I am sure many people do it
successfully.  I use enzyme digestion instead of heat retriveal for bone IHC
(either Proteinase K or Pepsin in most cases).  In my hands EIER is more
easily controlled and less harsh on tissues than HIER.  If I had to use HIER
on bone I would choose a more gentle method such as steam rather than
My one cent worth.
Patsy Ruegg

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Garlits,
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 11:22 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] baking bone slides for heat retrieval techniques?

I have tried repeatedly to use boiling or heated antigen retrieval
techniques on my bone slides, but the bone always peels off.  (The marrow

I did hear somewhere that in this case one can heat the slides at around 55
degrees C overnight, which makes the bone adhere better to potentially
survive boiling antigen retrieval.  Has anyone tried this or know if this


John Garlits, M.S.
Senior Research Technician
Hematology Oncology Division
Experimental Hematology Department
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 N Lauderdale
Memphis, TN 38108
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