The Mouse Histology & Phenotyping Laboratory (MHPL) offers extensive histology, tissue cleaning, immunohistochemistry (IHC), Immunofluorescence (IF) , TUNEL  and RNA Scope (RNA in situ hybridization) services that provide consistent and standardized protocols on large and small scale projects on formalin fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) or frozen tissues. Sections to be stained (paraffin or frozen) should be brought to the MHPL, or they can be generated by the MHPL. Antibodies can be provided by the user or MHPL. Please contact us for an updated list of antibodies. The MHPL also provides antibody “workup” services to test novel or untried antibodies on your tissue of interest. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.

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Available Services


Below is the list of special stains for histology services, and list of antibodies for IHC, IF, and TUNEL assay services.

Name Classification Level
Alcian Blue pH 1 sulfated mucosubstances 2
Alcian Blue pH 2.5 acid mucopolysaccharides 2
Bielchowsky nerve fibers, neurofibrillary tangles, senile plaques 3
Brown and Brenn (Modified) gram positive and gram negative bacteria 2
Cresyl Violet Nissl body cytoplasm of Neurons 1
Fontana Masson argentaffin (melanin) granules 2
Gordon and Sweet’s method – for reticulin reticular fibers 3
Grocott’s Methanamine Silver Method (GMS) fungi, pneumocystis carnii, histoplasma SPP 3
Hall’s Bilirubin stain Bile Stain 2
Jones Methanamine Silver Method basement membranes 3
Luxol Fast Blue myelin 3
Luxol Fast Blue – Cresyl Violet myelin & Nissl Substance 3
Mucicarmine (Mayer’s Method) acidic mucins, sulphated mucins. Cryptococcus neoformans 2
Muller-mowry colloidal iron Carboxylated, sulfated mucopolysaccharides,glycoproteins 2
Nuclear Fast Red (Kernechtrot) counterstain 1
Oil Red O lipids 1
PAS with Diastase Digestion glycogen 2
Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) polysaccharides, basement membranes, mucosubstances, glycogen 2
Picro Sirius Red Distinguishes collagen I from collagen III 2
Prussian Blue Reaction iron- Ferric Form 1
Toluidine blue Acidified mast cells 1
Trichrome- Gomoris One-Step collagen and smooth muscle 2 2
Trichrome - Masson's collagen and smooth muscle 2
Verhoff-Van Geison (VVG) elastic fibers 2

Immunohistochemistry (IHC)