Re: [Histonet] Silicone slides

From:"John A. Kiernan"

Silicone must surely be an error for silanized slides.
These are treated with aminotriethylaminosilane (APES), 
which combines chemically with the polysilicate ions of 
the glass. This leaves the surface covered with 
aminopropyl groups, which are protonated (positively 
charged) in the presence of slightly acidic water. See
for more information. It's easy to make your own
silanized slides, or you can buy them ready-made;
they have names like Plus.

Silicone treatment of glass usually means reacting
it with a hydrophobic silane derivative to make
the surface non-wettable. This is the last thing 
you'd want for mounting sections.
John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
London,   Canada   N6A 5C1
Carole Fields wrote:
> Hi,
> I thought I had read something about silicone (coated) slides on the
> Histo-Net but I may be mistaken.  One of our pathologists asked if I  I knew
> where to get silicone coated slides this morning?  Have we discussed this
> and I missed it?  No idea yet why he wants this...
> Thank you in advance for any help.....
> Carole Fields, HT,ASCP
> Pathology Supervisor
> Lexington Medical Center
> 2720 Sunset Blvd.
> W. Columbia, SC 29169
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