I don't think the nail polish is at all necessary. As long as the coverslip is large enough (larger than the section), is set flat over the section and let dry, they should be OK.
IF the mounting medium is too diluted and the section too thick, the mounting medium will start to "retreat" from the edge into the section, and is likely that air bubbles will appear.
You will need thcker mounting medium, less solvent in the mounting medium.
And you will also need patiente, hardening of thick amounts of munting medium takes, at least, 2 weeks.
If you have to handle the slides, do it gently and never try to move the coverslip.
Once it is solidified you will not need any additional sealant.
N Fournier wrote:
I appreciate the helpful suggestions I received on a previous question.
I was asked by a colleague to post a question to the group regarding if it was alright to use nail polish in addition to DPX or Entellan Mounting medium to seal slides. They noticed that the slides appeared fine initially (i.e., minimal air bubbles etc) but over a period of time (several weeks) large bubbles formed that surrounded the tissue causing it to dry out.
Has anyone encountered similar problems. The tissue is 40 to 60 micron thick fixed coronal rat brain sections mounted on gelatin subbed and sometimes Fisher Superfrost Plus Slides. Sections are often stained immunohistochemically using the free-floating method. I unfortunately do not know the thickness of the coverslip, but I would imagine it is pretty standard guage.
At first, I thought the problem might be with excess xylene on the slide dissolving the mounting medium or that that not enough was applied. From what I seen I do not believe this is the case but I could be wrong. What they do is run slides through alcohols and xylene. The slides are drained slightly on a Kim Wipe in order to remove some of the residual xylene and then mounting medium and coverslip is quickly applied. Air bubbles are removed by gently pressing them out of the slide.
Would this method of applying nail polish reduce the occurrence of this problem? Are there any alternative suggestions?
We appreciate your help,
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