Thanks, Rene. Any advice on a softening agent and where it would fit into the protocol?
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>Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 09:15:23 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Rene J Buesa
>Subject: Re: [Histonet] (no subject)
>To: Anthony.Gatt@jefferson.edu, "firstname.lastname@example.org"
> Your problem resides in the fact that you have to
> "soften" the chitin before processing the heads,
> otherwise the chitin cannot be infiltrated by the
> paraffin, causing the tears you are having.
> Soften the chitin first and process afterwards.
> René J.
> Anthony Gatt wrote:
> Hello, I am currently sectioning drosophila heads
> and am tearing up the paraffin. Without the heads,
> I get beautiful ribbons so I suspect it is the
> sample itself. I am using a tissue processor with
> the following protocol after an o/n fix in 4% PFA.
> 15m -alcoholic formalin (x2)
> 30m -95% EtOH (x2)
> 30m -100% EtOH (x2)
> 30m -Histoclear (x3)
> 30m -Paraffin (x2)
> 45m -Paraffin
> Embed immediately in paraffin, cold block 30m,
> section next day.
> I am new to this an would greatly appreciate any
> Thank you,
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