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Staining Myelin And Myelin-like Degradation Products In The Spinal Cords Of Chronic Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis (cr-eae) Rats Using Sudan Black B Staining Of Glycol Methacrylate-embedded Material.

Gerrits, P., Brekelmans-Bartels, M., Mast, L., 's Gravenmade, E., Horobin, R. W. & Holstege, G., 1992, In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 45, 1-2, p. 99-105 7 p.

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  • Pieter Gerrits
  • M. Brekelmans-Bartels
  • L. Mast
  • Eduard 's Gravenmade
  • R.W. Horobin
  • Gert Holstege

A high-resolution light-microscopical (HRLM) technique is described to visualize myelin, and macrophages containing degradation products of myelin, in the spinal cords of chronic relapsing experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (Cr-EAE) rats. This HRLM technique was developed to optimalize the correlation between nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) characteristics and histopathological images in this well-established animal model for multiple sclerosis (MS). Spinal cords were fixed by perfusion with a combination of cacodylate-buffered glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde, post-fixed in Dalton's fixative (containing osmium tetroxide), rinsed in water, processed in ethanol, acetone, and embedded in glycol methacrylate resin (Technovit 7100/HistoResin). Semi-thin sections were stained with Sudan Black B and counterstained with Cresyl Fast Violet, resulting in black staining of myelin and its degradation products, with blue/violet staining of demyelinated axons and other tissue elements. These dyes were selected with the aid of a numerical model of staining, which took both access and lipophilicity into account. The staining procedure is simple and highly reproducible. The resulting images are contrast rich, and combine excellent morphology with a high degree of lipid retention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Volume45
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

    Keywords

  • EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS, SPINAL CORD, MYELIN, DEMYELINATION, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, MACROPHAGES, SUDAN BLACK-B, GLYCOL METHACRYLATE, LEWIS RAT, SECTIONS, TISSUES

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