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Fixation histology Chemical fixatives are used to preserve tissue from degradation, and to maintain the structure of the cell and of sub-cellular components such as cell organelles e.
For electron microscopy, the most commonly used fixative is glutaraldehydeusually as a 2. These fixatives preserve tissues or cells mainly by irreversibly cross-linking proteins. The main action of these aldehyde fixatives is to cross-link amino groups in proteins through the formation of methylene bridges -CH2-in the case of formaldehyde, or by C5H10 cross-links in the case of glutaraldehyde.
This process, while preserving the structural integrity of the cells and tissue can damage the biological functionality of proteins, particularly enzymesand can also denature them to a certain extent.
This can be detrimental to certain histological techniques. Further fixatives are often used for electron microscopy such as osmium tetroxide or uranyl acetate. However, extraction and analysis of nucleic acids and proteins from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues is possible using appropriate protocols.
It is often used after surgical removal of tumors to allow rapid Histology tissue of margin that the tumor has been completely removed. Processing - dehydration, clearing, and infiltration[ edit ] The aim of tissue processing is to remove water from tissues and replace with a medium that solidifies to allow thin sections to be cut.
For light microscopy, paraffin wax is most frequently used. Since it is immiscible with water, the main constituent of biological tissue, water must first be removed in the process of dehydration. Samples are transferred through baths of progressively more concentrated ethanol to remove the water.
This is followed by a hydrophobic clearing agent such as xylene to remove the alcohol, and finally molten paraffin waxthe infiltration agent, which replaces the xylene. Paraffin wax does not provide a sufficiently hard matrix for cutting very thin sections for electron microscopy.
Instead, resins are used. Epoxy resins are the most commonly employed embedding media, but acrylic resins are also used, particularly where immunohistochemistry is required. Again, the immiscibility of most epoxy and acrylic resins with water necessitates the use of dehydration, usually with ethanol.
Embedding[ edit ] OCT embedding  optimal cutting temperature compound After the tissues have been dehydrated, cleared, and infiltrated with the embedding material, they are ready for external embedding.
During this process the tissue samples are placed into molds along with liquid embedding material such as agar, gelatine, or wax which is then hardened. This is achieved by cooling in the case of paraffin wax and heating curing in the case of the epoxy resins.
The acrylic resins are polymerised by heat, ultraviolet light, or chemical catalysts. The hardened blocks containing the tissue samples are then ready to be sectioned.
Because formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded FFPE tissues may be stored indefinitely at room temperature, and nucleic acids both DNA and RNA may be recovered from them decades after fixation, FFPE tissues are an important resource for historical studies in medicine.
Embedding can also be accomplished using frozen, non-fixed tissue in a water-based medium. Pre-frozen tissues are placed into molds with the liquid embedding material, usually a water-based glycol, OCT, TBS, Cryogel, or resin, which is then frozen to form hardened blocks.
Microtome For light microscopy, a steel knife mounted in a microtome is used to cut 4- micrometer -thick tissue sections which are mounted on a glass microscope slide. For transmission electron microscopy, a diamond knife mounted in an ultramicrotome is used to cut nanometer -thick tissue sections which are mounted on a 3-millimeter-diameter copper grid.
Then the mounted sections are treated with the appropriate stain.
Sections can be cut through the tissue in a number of directions. For pathological evaluation of tissues, vertical sectioning, cut perpendicular to the surface of the tissue to produce a cross section is the usual method.
Welcome to Histology at SIU SOM. This site provides histology resources serving the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Year One Curriculum.. About this resource (pdf). Accessibility: Because the content of this website is essentially image-based (i.e., images are the content), "alternative text" is not used for most images. Histology pages, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA, Australia, by Lutz Slomianka. Loose Connective Tissue. Loose connective tissue is primarily located beneath epithelial membranes and glandular epithelium, binding these epithelia to other tissues, contributing to the formation of organs.
Horizontal also known as transverse or longitudinal sectioning, cut along the long axis of the tissue, is often used in the evaluation of the hair follicles and pilosebaceous units.
Frozen section procedure Fixed or unfixed tissue may be frozen and sliced using a microtome mounted in a refrigeration device known as a cryostat. The frozen sections are mounted on a glass slide and may be stained to enhance the contrast between different tissues. Unfixed frozen sections can also be used for studies requiring enzyme localization in tissues and cells.
It is necessary to fix tissue for certain procedures such as antibody linked immunofluorescence staining. Frozen sectioning can also be used to determine if a tumour is malignant when it is found incidentally during surgery on a patient.
Sample of a trachea coloured with hematoxylin and eosin Main article: Staining Example of staining  in light microscopy: Staining is employed to give both contrast to the tissue as well as highlighting particular features of interest.
Where the underlying mechanistic chemistry of staining is understood, the term histochemistry is used. Hematoxylin, a basic dye, stains nuclei blue due to an affinity to nucleic acids in the cell nucleus; eosin, an acidic dye, stains the cytoplasm pink.
Uranyl acetate and lead citrate are commonly used to impart contrast to tissue in the electron microscope.The ability of the body to control the flow of blood following vascular injury is paramount to continued survival. The process of blood clotting and then the subsequent dissolution of the clot, following repair of the injured tissue, is termed ashio-midori.comasis comprises four major events that occur in a set order following the loss of vascular integrity.
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