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(Indigogenic procedure according to LOjda et al 1979)


Unfixed cryostat or cold Formol calcium/gum sucrose fixed, jejunal biopsy.


a. Incubation solution

5-Bromo-4-chloro-3-indoxyl-B D fucoside 5mg 5-Bromo-4-chloro-3-indoxyl-B D fucopyranoside 5mg

Dissolve in

--N N Dimethylformamide 0.5ml

--0.1M citric acid phosphate buffer pH 6.0 10ml --1.65% potassium ferricyanide (50Mmol/L) 0.83ml

--2.11% potassium ferrocyanide (50Mmol/L) 0.83ml


1. Incubate sections in the medium at 37ÉC for 1 hour in a closed container to avoid evaporation.

2. Rinse in distilled water.

3. Fix in 4% formaldehyde for 5 minutes at room temperature.

4. Rinse in distilled water.

5. Counterstain in Mayers carmalum for 5 minutes.

6. Was. Dehydrate, clear . Mount sections in DPX


Enzyme activity - Turquoise


The medium is expensive but can be used repeatedly. After incubation it can be stored in a closed vial at -20ÉC. The potency of the incubation solution lessens with use and therefore sections may increasing lengths of time in the solution as it ages.

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