Differential staining of collagens type I, II and III by Sirius Red and polarization microscopy

Arch Histol Jpn. 1978 Jun;41(3):267-74. doi: 10.1679/aohc1950.41.267.


Organs of fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammals when stained by Sirius Red and studied with polarization microscopy present different colors in regions where collagens I, II and III have been described. Collagen type I presented a yellow, orange or red color while collagen type III appeared green. Collagen type II, present in cartilage and chondrosarcoma showed a variable color according to the tissue and the species. Its color and morphology however always permitted its clear distinction from collagens type I and type III.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anura
  • Cartilage / analysis
  • Chondrosarcoma / analysis
  • Collagen / analysis*
  • Coloring Agents*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Leiomyoma / analysis
  • Mice
  • Microscopy, Polarization*
  • Neoplasms, Experimental / analysis
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Staining and Labeling / methods*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / analysis


  • Coloring Agents
  • Collagen