Influence of fixation, exciting light and section thickness on the primary fluorescence of samples for microfluorometric analysis

Basic Appl Histochem. 1989;33(3):251-7.


The primary fluorescence (autofluorescence) of some cell and tissue components depends on the fixative and fixing time, as well as on the thickness of paraffin sections and the wavelength of exciting light. The highest autofluorescence emission (pale green) was observed by using violet-blue excitation. After aldehyde fixation, the autofluorescence of some tissue structures was higher than after methanol or ethanolacetic acid. These features must be taken into account when fluorescence microscopy is applied to the study of cell smears and paraffin embedded tissues after flurochroming or immunofluorescence reactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carcinoma, Ehrlich Tumor / pathology
  • Chickens
  • Erythrocytes / cytology
  • Fluorescence
  • Fluorometry / methods
  • Histological Techniques
  • Microscopy, Electron / methods*