Re: fat analysis

How about trying a vibrating microtome?  I don't know if the fat is solid
enough to try this, but thick sections of brain are cut  this way.
Evanne Maher
 Leica Specimen Preparation

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From: "Robert Geske" <>
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Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 5:47 AM
Subject: fat analysis

> we are currently engaged in quantitation of different types and anatomic
> locations of fat. we want to analyze the adipocytes in terms of their
> per unit volume and the individual cells maximum diameter and from that
> infer cell volume.  given that the cells maximum diameter can be up to 200
> microns, we want to sample slices of fat in excess of that number.
> we initially looked at 200 micron sections of fat frozen in OCT and
> sectioned in a cryostat.  this was not adequate.  our cryostat will
> up to 300 microns in thickness and this is the next step.  the sections
> floated on a buffer and viewed at 4X with images being  captured with a
> digital camera before analysis. we do not want to mount the sections on
> slides as this causes shape distortion (this was our first thought
also ---
> section, mount, and ORO).  are there any suggestions on equipment and/or
> techniques for cutting up to 500 micron sections of fixed or fresh fat.
> another possiblity i am looking into this weekend is sterological methods
> determine the information we are after.  we this, i believe, we will not
> have to take such thick sections.  with the knowledge of the measurment of
> section thickness and area we should be able to analyze multiple planes
> through the section and make reasonable estimates about the population of
> adipocytes.  does anyone have experience using this method for fat
> regards to all,
> rob
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