I was intrigued with the inquiry for this antibody and successful
immunostaining. A quick literature search turned up one publication, which
must be the same one Sonya was reading(?).
Andrews DM, et el. NK1.1+ cells and murine cytomegalovirus
infections: What happens in situ?, J Immunology 166:1796-1802, 2001.
This publication provided some excellent insight on what fixation worked
best for this antibody. They found the mouse had to be in vivo perfused
with periodate lysine paraformaldehyde (PLP, McLean and Nakane, 1974, J
Histochem Cytochem) for the best results. Immersion fixation was a poor
choice of ex vivo frozen section from fresh tissue, snap frozen
tissue. They had a fixation chart and also a chart with results of
fixation with staining on liver, spleen lung. Also, it seemed to be
important what strains of mice were used for this study. They also
quenched autofluorescence. They did not indicate they did sucrose
cryoprotection, but that would certainly make cryotomy easier with these
They did immunofluorescence staining with confocal laser scanning
microscopy and had exceptional photographs of staining.
The authors commented that in situ identification of NK cells with this
particular antibody clone (NK1.1, P 136) had been elusive "to date" (of
this publication). That is probably one reason BD Bioscience states in
their technical data sheet is that this antibody does not work for
This antibody seems to one of the "picky" ones for tissue section work.
Good luck on getting this one to work.
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Veterinary Molecular Biology
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