RE: [Histonet] Caspase 3 on mouse spleen

From:"Elizabeth Chlipala"


I have done quite a bit of work with cleaved caspase 3 on rat, mouse and
human tissue.  The antibody that I use is from cell signaling
technologies.  I have not performed the stain on mouse spleen, but I
have stained thymus, and mesenteric lymph node and I never have had a
problem with background staining.  In my hands this particular antibody
requires high pH retrieval and I do use dako's envision in my protocol.
I can provide you with a more detailed protocol and some images of
thymus and lymph node if you like.  But this is the basic protocol minus

High pH retrieval
CC3 antibody 1:200 30 minutes RT
Envision + Rabbit 30 minutes RT
Counterstain with Hematoxylin.

Hope this helps


Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 8:13 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Caspase 3 on mouse spleen

Good Morning Histonetters - 
Does anyone out there have experience with caspase-3 on mouse spleen?  I

routinely perform Caspase-3 staining on xenografts, some gut, and a
now and then - but just started looking at some spleens.  They're a
I see what appears to be a lot of nonspecific staining of histiocytes in

the red pulp.  I'm staining immunocompetent mice, and repeated the stain

with a naive SCID spleen - same staining pattern.  Can anyone give me
insight?  I'm using Pharmingen's 55965, Rabbit anti active Caspase-3.
tried DAKO Envision, as well as an SABC method and get exactly the same 
staining.  I'm a bit baffled.  Any tidbits?

Jackie O'

Jacqueline M. O'Connor HT(ASCP)
Abbott Laboratories
Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Discovery Chemotherapeutics
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