Re: Excellent suggestions on filling heart for better (Re: [Histonet]) mouse heart morphology
This may sound weird, but has anyone ever perfused a rodent with OCT (or
a dilution of OCT) for better quality fresh brain tissue (we want to
Gayle Callis wrote:
> Filling the heart with OCT and then snap freezing is an excellent
> suggestion, and basically the same as filling mouse lungs with OCT to
> get stable, gently distended alveoli and excellent sectioning quality.
> When you bisect the heart after OCT fill and snap freeze, a room
> temperature teflon coated razor blade (EBS of Ted Pella or a teflon
> coated disposable microtome blade slices through frozen tissue/OCT
> smoothly, evenly plus the blades are very thin. We slice frozen
> tissue blocks frequently this way, without tissue damage.
> Gayle Callis
> At 01:06 PM 3/7/2005, you wrote:
>> Here is a idea based on no experience:
>> Inject the fresh heart with OCT. Place a landmark with ink or suture
>> to maintain orientation.
>> Freeze it whole. Do either A or B
>> A) Embed the entire heart in the desired orientation and simply trim
>> down until you reach the desired plane of section.
>> B) Let the frozen heart warm to about -15 C. Now with a scalpel, cut
>> it in the desired plane and embed the halves to achieve the desired
>> plane of section.
>> As far as getting high quality frozens section slides that is quite
>> possible with good technique.
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