From:"Houston, Ronald"

Can't think why you would want to wait 20-30 minutes for a nuclear

Ronnie Houston, MS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Anatomic Pathology Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital
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[] On Behalf Of Jacqui=0DDetmar
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 12:39 PM
To: Geoff McAuliffe; Robert Richmond
=0ASubject: RE: [Histonet] Re: RED COUNTERSTAINS

Hi all.  I also bought some brazilin powder (from Anatech) and mixed it
according to directions, and the initial results were disappointing.  I
then prepared an alum brazilin solution (recommended by someone on
Histonet, I think, but I'm at a conference right now and don't have
access to my e-files! ), which is pretty much the same way you
would make alum hematoxylin, except you substitute brazilin for
hematoxylin.  I remember having to use slight heating to get some of the
powder into solution, and even then, not all of the brazilin went into
solution (it falls to the bottom...I guess you could filter it, but I've
never bothered).  

I find that I get the best results if I stain my slides for 20-30
minutes in the alum brazilin, followed by tap-water washes and a final
"blue-ing" in Scott's blueing solution for 30 seconds.  The result is a
nice, raspberry-coloured stain.  The recipe for the brazilin solution is
in the sheet given by the manufacturer.  I love this stain and I no
longer use nuclear fast red.  The only time I've had trouble with it is
with the von Kossa stain.  You *cannot* use brazilin after von
Kossa...the stain goes away for some need to use methyl
green or nuclear fast red.
I think that's about it!  If you have any questions, please feel free to


Jacqui Detmar, Post-doctoral Fellow
Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, room 876
Mount Sinai Hospital
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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From: Geoff McAuliffe
Sent: Fri 2/29/2008 10:25 AM
To: Robert Richmond
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Re: RED COUNTERSTAINS

Hi Bob:

    I bought some Brazilliant recently and mixed it according to the 
directions provided. The results were dissipointing, red-orange nuclei, 
not very intense. The tissue was rabbit kidney fixed in 
formalin-alcohol-acetic. An alum hematoxylin on the same tissue looks

Robert Richmond wrote:
> Diana McCaig asks about the nuclear counterstains nuclear fast red and
> neutral red.
> Does anyone on this list have any experience with Anatech's
> "Brazilliant", their trade name for alum brazilin, closely related to
> alum hematoxylin, but red instead of purple? This looks to me like a
> very logical red nuclear stain, and I'd certainly like to see it in
> action if it were possible for me to obtain it (remember that hospital
> pathology services are not usually permitted to order from small
> companies like Anatech and the Davidson marking ink people).
> As everybody on this list ought to know, hematoxylin is a dye
> extracted from the logwood tree (Haematoxylum campechianum), with an
> aluminum mordant. (There is no satisfactory synthetic substitute.)
> Brazilin is structurally very similar, but with an alum mordant it is
> red rather than purple. Brazilin is extracted from the closely related
> brazil woods, Caesalpinia echinata or C. sappan.
> One would expect this red dye to have the same staining specificity as
> hematoxylin, and it should not wash out in aqueous mounting media.
> (I have no connection with Anatech.)
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Knoxville TN
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Geoff McAuliffe, Ph=2ED.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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