Re: [Histonet] granules after X-gal staining

I haven't seen any replies and I am scientifically curious.  The beta-galactosidase is simply the enzyme that splits x-gal to eventually produce that classical blue chromogen deposit.  The acinar cells of pancreas are laden with known ..ase's (lipoxygenase, proteases, amylase, lipase, elastase, tryptase, etc, etc ase's) and probably unidentified ones.  Is it possible that some promiscuous enzyme is substituting enzymatically for beta-galactosidase to get your staining of tiny round blue granules in cytoplasm.  If you are working in frozens, your enzymes could all be very active.  Have looked at lots of x-gal staining but never in pancreas.  Have you stained a normal, not b-gal expressing, mouse pancreas? Am curious and hope someone has done this.

Ray Koelling
PhenoPath Labs
Seattle, WA

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From: Yves Heremans  

> Dear Histonetters, 
> Does anyone know why I am getting granules (tiny, round blue granules 
> in the cytoplasm) after X-gal staining on frozen sections of mouse 
> pancreas ? 
> Regards, 
> Yves 
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