Special Stains

The Histo Pathology Core offers a wide menu of special stains for improving visualization of normal and disease state chemical moieties.

Special Stains that the Core performs on a routine schedule include Oil Red-O stain for neutral lipids, Masson's Trichrome stain for collagen/fibrosis, Periodic-Acid Schiff for sugars and basement membrane, as well as Hart's variation of the Verhoeff Van Gieson's technique for elastin.

Optimum staining for some substances requires a specific fixation or detailed procedure. If you are unsure of the specifics needed for your experiment, please contact the lab prior to tissue collection.

The full menu is special stains offered by the Core includes
• Alcian Blue (pH 2.5)
• Alcian Blue/ PAS Combo
• ATPase Histochemistry
• Congo Red
• Cresyl-Echt Violet (Nissl)
• Giemsa
• Gordon & Sweet Reticulin
• Gram Stain
• Grocott's Methenamine Silver
• Hart's Elastin
• Jones' Methenamine Silver
• Luxol Fast Blue
• Luxol Fast Blue/Nissl Combo
• Luxol Fast Blue/PAS Combo
• Masson Trichrome
• Mayer's Mucicarmine
• Morris Movat Pentachrome
• Oil Red-O
• Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS)
• PAS/Feulgen
• Picrosirius Red
• Prussian Blue
• Rubeanic Acid
• Safranin-O
• Steiner
• Tartrate Resistant Acid Phosphatase
• Toluidine Blue
• Von Kossa