Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens

Thomas B. Bemenderfer, Jonathan S. Harris, Keith W. Condon, Melissa A. Kacena

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Abstract

Preparation of mineralized tissue specimens for bone-specific staining encompasses a critical sequence of histological techniques that provides visualization of tissue and cellular morphology. Bone specimens are fixed in 10 % neutral-buffered formalin, dehydrated in graded ethanol (EtOH) solutions (and optionally cleared in xylene), infiltrated and embedded in polymethyl methacrylate (methyl methacrylate), classically sliced into 4-10 micrometer (μm) sections, and stained with bone-specific histological stains such as von Kossa (with either nuclear fast red solution counterstain or MacNeal's tetrachrome counterstain), modified Goldner's trichrome, and alizarin red S stain. Here, we describe the tissue processing of mineralized mouse bones from dissection to staining for histological analysis by light microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
Pages123-147
Number of pages25
Volume1130
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume1130
ISSN (Print)10643745

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Bone and Bones
Coloring Agents
Staining and Labeling
Histological Techniques
Xylenes
Methacrylates
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Formaldehyde
Dissection
Microscopy
Ethanol
Light
nuclear fast red
Alizarin Red S

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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Bemenderfer, T. B., Harris, J. S., Condon, K. W., & Kacena, M. A. (2014). Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 1130, pp. 123-147). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1130). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-989-5-10

Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens. / Bemenderfer, Thomas B.; Harris, Jonathan S.; Condon, Keith W.; Kacena, Melissa A.

Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1130 2014. p. 123-147 (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1130).

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Bemenderfer, TB, Harris, JS, Condon, KW & Kacena, MA 2014, Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens. in Methods in Molecular Biology. vol. 1130, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1130, pp. 123-147. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-989-5-10
Bemenderfer TB, Harris JS, Condon KW, Kacena MA. Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens. In Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1130. 2014. p. 123-147. (Methods in Molecular Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-989-5-10
Bemenderfer, Thomas B. ; Harris, Jonathan S. ; Condon, Keith W. ; Kacena, Melissa A. / Tips and techniques for processing and sectioning undecalcified murine bone specimens. Methods in Molecular Biology. Vol. 1130 2014. pp. 123-147 (Methods in Molecular Biology).
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