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Stain for mucins and carbohydrate groups

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1. Bring sections to water.

2. Treat with 1% periodic acid for 10 mins.

3. Wash in water.

4. Treat with Schiffs reagent for 10 mins.

5. Wash well in tap water.

6. Stain nuclei with Carazzi haematoxylin for 2 mins.

7. Differentiate in acid alcohol.

8. Blue in Scotts tap water.

9. Dehydrate, clear . Mount sections in DPX

N.B. Do not over stain in schiffs reagent - it is irreversible. Wash for several mins at step 5 to bring out the colour of the Schiffs.


--Glycogen, other periodate reactive carbohydrates - magenta

--Nuclei- blue


Schiffs reagent

1. Boil 200ml of distilled water, remove flask from bunsen and add 1g of basic fuchsin.

2. Allow to cool to 50°c.

3. Add 2g of potassium metabisulphate whilst mixing.

4. Cool to room temperature and add 2ml of concentrated hydrochloric acid mix and stand in the dark overnight.

5. Add a large amount of activated charcoal, shake well and filter. The solution should be clear/pale yellow.

Store at 4°c

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