Method for treating and processing whole chick embryos for autoradiography, immunocytochemistry and other techniques

Biotech Histochem. 1996 Nov;71(6):286-8. doi: 10.3109/10520299609117176.


A method is presented for in situ treatment of whole chick embryos with drugs and immunocytochemical and fixative reagents that resembles conditions "in ovo." The chick embryo is placed in a "shell-less" culture system where it is contained by an agar ring allowing for treatment in vivo. The conceptus (embryo+membranes) is then mounted on a microporous membrane and inserted into a filter device connected to a three-way stopcock that permits fluids to be changed using syringes. The embryo is then processed in toto or after embedding and sectioning for light or electron microscopy. The proposed handling system decreases technical artifacts and changes in the topographic microanatomy produced by conventional manipulation of chick embryos. This method is useful also for directly observing and recording changes in the embryo during drug treatments and allows processing with dangerous reagents without their direct contact with the operator. It is simple, inexpensive and requires only minimal technical training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Chick Embryo
  • Immunohistochemistry / methods*