Re: [Histonet] re: phosphate buffered saline or Tris PBS ?
You can use either buffer for immunofluorescence work. We buy Dulbeccos
PBS from Sigma or make up TBS. There are other PBS recipes that will work
too. Our TBS is 0.05M concentratin, commonly used for IFA and IHC work.
TBS (TRIS BUFFERED SALINE)
STOCK 10X TBS
TRIS Base (FW 121.41) 0.5M 60.57 g
Sodium Chloride 89 - 90 g
Dissolve in 800 ml distilled water
Add 30 ml Hydrochloric Acid to adjust pH to 7.8, use magnetic stirrer with
Adjust final volume to 1 liter and store in refrigerator. If this becomes
cloudy, toss and make new. Good for 1 year.
0.05M TBS WORKING BUFFER
Dilute Stock 10X Buffer 1:10
100 ml Stock 10X TBS and 900 ml distilled water.
Final pH can be 7.6 - 7.8, final concentration of TBS is 0.05M in 0.9%
TBS is a preferred buffer when you work with alkaline phosphatase
immunohistochemical staining to eliminate phosphate ions that cause
background staining with substrate/chromogen, but with IFA work, no real
GFP can be rencered nonfluoresceing by certain things, solvents are one so
we never use detergents. You can find out more about GFP by going to
Clontech website and accessing Living Colours Manual, free and in pfd format.
Personally and if you notice a reduction in GFP signal by using certain
reagents, I would eliminate them or reduce the concentration.
t 03:54 AM 9/29/2005, you wrote:
>I'm currently using immunohistochemistry (free floating sections or
>serially mounted sections) to map the rat brain. We use viral injections
>to express green fluorescent protein and use 1 or 2 other labels (i.e. Cy3
>or AMCA) to colocalise receptors with GFP expression.
>I have been trying to improve our methods that we currently use.
>Originally we used Tris PBS (0.01M, pH 7.4), I notice that other groups
>use a variety of differences in these recipes, what advantages does Tris
>PBS offer (if any) or would you recommend using PBS (either 0.1M or 0.01M) ?
>Secondly, when using triton x-100 (0.3%) has anyone noticed a reduction
>with GFP signal compared to just using 50% ethanol ?
>And finally, we use cardiac perfusion to initially fix tissue followed by
>2 hours post fixation with 4% phosphate buffered (0.1M, pH 7.4) formalin.
>The antibody we use for mu opioid receptors (diasorin) - does anyone have
>any experience with this antibody and this method have you done antigen
>retrieval to improve the signal ?
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