Immunostaining of skeletal tissues

Tobias B Kurth, Cosimo De Bari

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Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a routinely used technique in clinical diagnosis of pathological conditions and in basic research. It combines anatomical, immunological, and biochemical methods and relies on the specific binding of an antibody to an antigen. Using the technique with mineralised tissues is more complicated than with soft tissues. This can in most cases be overcome by demineralising the samples, which allows embedding in paraffin wax and a simpler work-up than for resin-embedded, or for frozen samples. This chapter describes methods for IHC on paraffin-embedded formaldehyde fixed sections to detect antigens in the musculoskeletal tissues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-334
Number of pages14
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Antigens
  • Fixatives
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Formaldehyde
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Knee Joint
  • Mice
  • Paraffin Embedding
  • Tissue Fixation


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