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Today's Topics:

   1. Re: Histogel Question (Dana Settembre)
   2. RE: How to keep cryostating without getting  frostbite?
      (Andrea Grantham)
   3. RE: Anti-dog IgG (Abigail M. Butler)
   4. -80 degree freezer, repair question (Monfils, Paul)
   5. frozens from lung-tissue (Gudrun Lang)


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 11:37:44 -0500
From: "Dana Settembre" 
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Histogel Question
To: , "Abigail M. Butler"
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I have used Histogel to embed very small human eye biopsies.
What do you mean, "that obviously is not placed in a tube?"?
We pick up the small specimen carefully with forceps and place
the tissue at the very bottom of the gel and when it goes into 
a cassette, it is placed facing down.  We make sure that the
embedding histotech understands exactly where it is for
processing and embedding.

Dana Settembre, HT ASCP
Immunohistochemistry Lab
UMDNJ - University Hospital
Newark, NJ    USA

>>> "Abigail M. Butler"  11/21/07 10:13 AM >>>
I completely understand how to use histogel to embed free floating
cells. But how would I embed a piece of tissue that obviously is not
placed in a tube?
I am considering purchasing Histogel for the first time and have many
ideas of how I could use it, just not sure the proper steps to take to
embed let's say two mice eyes.
Abbie Butler, HT (ASCP), QIHC
University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine

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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:22:36 -0700
From: Andrea Grantham 
Subject: RE: [Histonet] How to keep cryostating without getting
To: "Monfils, Paul" ,
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I cut little rectangular pieces of styrofoam from any of the cartons 
that are shipped in with cold or frozen items and "glue" them to each 
side of the knife holder with OCT. This provides a great area to rest 
my hands while having to manipulate a frozen section. The styrofoam 
doesn't get cold and it is a comfty place to put your hands and also 
a slide if you have to pick up multiple sections on one slide. The 
tissue and OCT doesn't thaw or the slide doesn't get too cold for 
another section to attach.
This excellent piece of advice came from Gayle Callis - thank you 
again Gayle!!!

PS: When I want to clean out the cryostat I just turn it off and take 
out the knife holder and when the OCT warms up the styrofoam comes 
off and can be reattached when the cryostat is all clean and ready to 
be turned back on.
I was reading where somebody suggested something to a manufacturer 
and the idea was not readily accepted and I likewise have made what I 
thought were excellent suggestions and was met with similar responses 
- this styrofoam thing was just one of them.


At 09:16 AM 11/21/2007, Monfils, Paul wrote:
>Just having your hands in the cold air isn't usually the problem. 
>Each tech, according to their particular style, usually rests their 
>hand on the knife holder in some manner for stability while picking 
>up the sections on the slides. The rate of extraction of heat by 
>contact with -20 degree metal is much greater than the rate by 
>simple exposure to -20 degree air. It is these points of repeated 
>contact between skin and metal that usually suffer from 
>frostbite.  I have tried various kinds of gloves and slip-on finger 
>protectors, but in the final analysis I find that bandaids carefully 
>applied to the specific points of contact provide enough insulation 
>to prevent skin damage.  I buy the extra wide ones.
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> of jstaruk
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> > Subject:      [Histonet] How to keep cryostating without getting
> >
> > Hey all,
> >
> > Are there any tricks on how to keep your fingers from getting frostbite
> > while doing cryostat sectioning for 8 hours a day?  My poor techs who
> > been cutting frozen sections for several straight days now are starting
> > complain about these inhumane conditions!  Do all of you MOHS techs have
> > bleeding, chapped hands and numb fingertips?
> >
> > Thank you in advance for any suggestions and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
> >
> > Jim
> >
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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 12:28:14 -0500 (EST)
From: "Abigail M. Butler" 
Subject: [Histonet] RE: Anti-dog IgG
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I use only anti-dog IgG.....and my dilution is 1:150,000.
Crazy, isn't it? I also used HIER for pretreatment with citrate buffer.
There is not much background.
Hope this helps
Abbie Butler, HT (ASCP), QIHC
University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine


Message: 4
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 12:36:05 -0500
From: "Monfils, Paul" 
Subject: [Histonet] -80 degree freezer, repair question
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We have a rather old Baxter Scientific Cryo-Fridge chest type -80 degree
freezer that works fine except the lid gasket is shot, so cold air leaks out
and frost and ice build up around the edges of the lid.  Does anyone know of
someone who could replace this gasket?  Or somewhere we could purchase the
part to install ourselves?  We are also unable to find particle filters for
the front door of the compressor compartment.


Message: 5
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:50:42 +0100
From: "Gudrun Lang" 
Subject: [Histonet] frozens from lung-tissue
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Hi to all,

I need the help of those, who have experience on making good frozens from
lung-tissue. We look for a method for freezing lung-tissue without the usage
of liquid nitrogen, co2 or isopentan. - Just on the cryocut. The head of the
institute is not satisfied with the quality and wants us to do better. Our
usual method is to make a OCT-layer on a chuck, let it freeze, give the
tissue on it, surround with OCT, put the cold weight on it, let it freeze
and make the sections.

We tried putting the tissue in the liquid OCT on the chuck without a layer
and  freezing it in a mold with the chuck on top. I also tried first
freezing the piece solely in liquid nitrogen or isopentan, then putting it
on a chuck. All in all - my boss wasn't happy with it.


Any input will be appreciated. Thank you in advance

Gudrun Lang



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