One of my first histology research papers was "Relative effectiveness
of various solvents for oil red O" (Medical Laboratory Technology,
1974, 335-341.) It was concluded that propylene glycol solvents for
oil red O produced poor contrasts. Isopropanol, as a solvent, can
dissolve tissue lipids. This latter problem is reduced by diluting
the isopropanol with water, but dye may precipitate on the tissue
section. Our research showed optimal oil red O staining with triethyl
phosphate (0.5% oil red O in 60% triethyl phosphate, 5 minutes.)
Triethyl phosphate solvent produced dark staining and no precipitate.
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On Nov 17, 2008, at 12:56 PM, Michele Wich wrote:
> I'm wondering what are the pros (or cons) of using the propylene
> version of Oil Red O over the isopropanol method. Is one more
> suited to
> a specific application?
> I'm trying to stain a frozen section of liver, which one would suspect
> would be loaded with fat, and have thus far been unsuccessful using
> propylene glycol Oil Red O.
> Is there something obvious that I'm missing here? I'm new to
> cryosectioning...perhaps I did something wrong in the cryostat. I
> my sections in NBF before staining.
> Please help. I'm feeling like a pathetic excuse for a histotech. Any
> advice is greatly appreciated.
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