RE: [Histonet] (para)formaldehyde (was: in situ question)

From:"Mikael Niku"

This has probably been discussed 1000s of times, but....

I'm wondering to what extent dissolved paraformaldehyde really is equivalent
to 4% formaldehyde or 10% formalin.
In my experience, samples fixed in formalin and "4% PFA" as we tend to say
are different when one does immunostaining or especially in situ
hybridization. Formalin is of course traditionally used in pathology,
whereas many labs doing immunos or ISH use "PFA".

But what really causes the differences? Is it incomplete de-polymerization
of paraformaldehyde, or perhaps the methanol typically included in formalin?

 Mikael Niku, PhD, university lecturer            
 University of Helsinki, Division of Nutrition

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tony Henwood
Sent: 20. elokuuta 2008 4:42
To: Lee Crosby;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] in situ question

Which the becomes 4% formaldehyde or equivalent to 10% formalin. Not 4%


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC) Laboratory Manager &
Senior Scientist
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