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    3. Animal-friendly -- we purify the antibodies from eggs, not serum

    4. Large quantities of antibody - faster and cheaper

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Citrate Buffer Antigen Retrieval Protocol

Background for Citrate Buffer Antigen Retrieval

Formaldehyde fixation (2% or 4%, or as a component of 10% formalin) produces protein cross-links in tissues that tends to interfere with antibody penetration.  This is particularly true of paraffin-embedded formaldehyde-fixed tissue sections, where the degree of inhibition is high.  Since chicken IgY antibodies are larger than rabbit or mouse IgG’s, this becomes an even more important issue.

The citrate-based “antigen retrieval” protocol outlined below has been shown to improve chicken IgY antibody penetration into formaldehyde-fixed paraffin-embedded sections, and can increase the degree and intensity of immunoreactivity and immunostaining.

Reagents (NOTE:  You can use either the Sodium Citrate or Citric Acid Buffers in step #3, below)

“Sodium Citrate Buffer” (10mM Sodium Citrate, 0.05% Tween 20, pH 6.0)

Weigh out 2.94 grams of trisodium citrate (dihydrate).  Dissolve in approximately 900 mls of deionized, distilled water.  Adjust the pH to 6.00 with 1.0 N HCl.  Add 0.5 ml of Tween-20.  Mix.  Bring up the volume to 1.0 litres with water.  Store this solution at room temperature for 3 months or at 4˚C for longer storage.

“Citric Acid Buffer” (10mM Citric Acid, 0.05% Tween 20, pH 6.0)

 

Weigh out 1.92 grams of citric acid (anhydrous).  Dissolve in approximately 900 mls of deionized, distilled water.  Adjust the pH to 6.0 with 1.0 N NaOH.  Add 0.5 ml of Tween-20.  Mix.  Bring up the volume to 1.0 litres with water.  Store this solution at room temperature for 3 months or at 4˚C for longer storage.

“Phosphate-Buffered Saline” [“PBS”, 10 mM Sodium phosphate-buffered (pH 7.2) isotonic (0.9%, w/v) saline solution]

 

“PBS Tween” (0.05% Tween 20 in PBS)

 

Ethanol (80%, 90%, 95%, 100%) diluted with water

 

Xylene

Citrate Buffer Antigen Retrieval Procedure

(for use with paraffin-embedded sections):

  1. Deparaffinize tissue sections in 2 changes of xylene (5 minutes each).
  2. Hydrate in 2 changes of 100% ethanol (3 minutes each), 95% ethanol (1 minute), 90% ethanol (1 minute), 80% ethanol (1 minute).  Rinse in distilled water.
  3. Pre-heat steamer or water bath with staining dish containing either Sodium Citrate Buffer or Citrate Buffer.  Wait until temperature reaches 95-100 °C.
    NOTE:  Microwave or pressure cooker can be used as an alternative as a heating source.
  4. Immerse slides in the staining dish.  Place the lid loosely on the staining dish and incubate for 20-40 minutes (optimal incubation times will vary).
  5. Remove the staining dish, and allow it to cool to room temperature (for 20 minutes or so).
  6. Rinse sections in PBS Tween twice for 2 minutes each time.
    NOTE:   The remainder of this protocol is meant to be a suggestion, and can be substituted with your regular immunostaining protocol.
  7. Block sections for 30 minutes with BlokHen® (Aves labs) diluted 1:10 with water.
  8. Perform avidin/biotin blocking, if necessary.
  9. Incubate sections with primary antibody at appropriate dilution in antibody dilution buffer overnight at 4 °C.  Since chicken IgY antibodies are larger than mammalian IgG’s, this overnight incubation allows more time for antibody penetration into tissue sections.
  10. Rinse sections with PBS Tween 20 twice for 5 minutes each time.
  11. Incubate sections with HRP-labeled secondary antibody at appropriate dilution in
  12. Block sections with peroxidase blocking solution for 10 minutes.
  13. Rinse with PBS Tween 20 for three times for 5 minutes each time.
  14. Proceed to standard immunohistochemistry protocol.

References:

  1. Shi SR, Chaiwun B, Young L, Cote RJ, Taylor CR.  (1993).  Antigen retrieval technique utilizing citrate buffer or urea solution for immunohistochemical demonstration of androgen receptor in formalin-fixed paraffin sections. J Histochem Cytochem 41 (11): 1599-1604.
  2. Kanai K, Nunoya T, Shibuya K, Nakamura T, Tajima M  (1998).  Variations in effectiveness of antigen retrieval pretreatments for diagnostic immunohistochemistry. Res Vet Sci 64 (1): 57-61.
  3. Brown RW, Chirala R.  (1995).  Utility of microwave-citrate antigen retrieval in diagnostic immunohistochemistry. Mod Pathol 8 (5): 515-20.
  4. Morgan JM, Navabi H, Schmid KW, Jasani B  (1994).  Possible role of tissue-bound calcium ions in citrate-mediated high-temperature antigen retrieval. J Pathol 174 (4): 301-7.
  5. Pellicer EM, Sundblad A  (1994).  Antigen retrieval by microwave oven with buffer of citric acid. Medicina (B Aires). 54 (2): 129-32.
  6. Shi SR, Chaiwun B, Young L, Cote RJ, Taylor CR  (1993).  Antigen retrieval technique utilizing citrate buffer or urea solution for immunohistochemical demonstration of androgen receptor in formalin-fixed paraffin sections. J Histochem Cytochem 41 (11): 1599-604.