nuclear stain

John A. Newitt newitt at
Wed Aug 30 15:01:59 EST 1995

In article <421s3v$eu4 at>, "M.Patel" <M.Patel at> wrote:

> I am looking for a simple histological stain to show nuclei of 
> fixed cultured cells.  I can think of a fluorescent stain, Hoechst 33258, 
> but would prefer to use an ordinary light microscope.

Why not use the classic hematoxylin and eosin stain?  The hematoxylin
stains highly-negatively charged molecules, so you'd get prominent nuclear
staining from hematoxylin binding to the DNA and RNA in the nucleus.


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