imaginal disc in situs

Helen White-Cooper helen.white-cooper at
Wed Jun 20 13:37:31 EST 2001

We also get round the problem of tissue loss by doing all the steps after the
second fixation in baskets.  these are tissue culture inserts (falcon) with 8
micron mesh at the bottom that sit in 24 well tissue culture plates.  You put
solutions into the basket, and take them out from the well.

To get round the background problem incubate in antibody overnight, 4 degree
rather than room temp 2hrs.  This means you can also increse the number and
total time of the washes in hyb buffer, and is great for reducing background in
testes.  I do at least 6 washes, at least 3hrs total in hyb buffer (ie >6x30
min washes).

good luck


Jim Mahaffey wrote:

> Hi Mary,
> I can't help with the background problem, but can offer a solution to the
> tissue loss.  When doing antibody staining to imaginal discs, we leave the
> discs attached to the inverted head. We just fix the whole inverted head
> after removing much of the fat body etc.  That way, the discs are not loose.
> After staining, we remove the discs and place them on slides to view.
> Hope this helps,
> Jim Mahaffey
> "Mary Stewart" <Mary_Stewart at> wrote in message
> news: at
> > Hi,
> > Can anyone help us with advice on in situs to imaginal discs?  We made
> > dig-labeled sense and antisense probes which worked great on embryos---no
> > background with the sense probe.  We also have anti-dig antibody that was
> > preabsorbed to embryos and this worked great on embryos.  When we tried
> > these reagents on imaginal discs, we have a low, but unacceptable, level
> of
> > background with the sense probe.  The antisense gives a stronger signal,
> > but we're not comfortable with the results since we have some overall
> > general staining with the sense probe as well as some staining that
> > resembles what we see with the antisense (even though the antisense
> > staining is more intense).  Does anyone have some advice on how we might
> > solve these problems?  Also, any advice on how to get through all the
> > handling steps and minimize the amount of tissue we lose?  We lost a lot
> of
> > discs during all the handling and washing steps.  Thanks for any help.
> > Mary Stewart
> >
> >
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