A rapid method for the assessment of bone architecture by confocal microscopy

Ming Zheng, H.G. Bruining, S.H. Cody, B. Brankov, David Wood, J.M. Papadimitriou

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Abstract

Conventional ways of demonstrating and analysing the components of osseous tissue have always been hampered by the difficulty of physically sectioning bone. In this study, we have used Acridine Orange staining of 100-mu m-thick unembedded bone slices and then assessed the cellular and tissue architecture by confocal microscopy. The result showed the Acridine Orange, by differential staining of the cellular nucleic acids, permits ready assessment of cell shape and cell organization as well as variations in growth patterns. Our studies have provided a new and relatively easy way of assessing the morphology of bone specimens by rendering unnecessary the need for embedding, decalcification and thin sectioning of the osseous tissue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-643
JournalThe Histochemical Journal
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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