Hematoxylin Stain, Gill
|500 ml||1 Gallon|
|Hematoxylin Stain, Gill I (single strength)||Part 1180A||Part 1180C|
|Hematoxylin Stain, Gill II (double strength)||Part 1180D||Part 1180F|
|Hematoxylin Stain, Gill III (triple strength)||Part 1180G||Part 1180I|
Additionally Needed For H&E Staining:
|Xylene, ACS||Part 1445|
|Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 100%||Part 10841|
|Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 95%||Part 10842|
|Lithium Carbonate, Saturated Aqueous
Scott Tap Water Substitute
|Alcohol, Ethyl Denatured, 70%||Part 10844|
|Eosin Y Working Solution
Eosin-Phloxine Stain Set
For storage requirements and expiration date refer to individual bottle labels.
Newcomer Supply Hematoxylin Stain, Gill, is a ready to use progressive nuclear stain available in three different strengths for cytology and histology applications. Due to the progressive staining nature of Gill hematoxylin, over-staining is less likely and an acid alcohol differentiation step is not required in the staining process. Gill hematoxylin does not require filtering prior to use but if using any Gill hematoxylin for cytology specimen staining, filtering before each use is highly suggested to prevent solution contamination.
Gill I is termed “single strength” and is ideal for both gynecological and non-gynecological cytology preparations. Gill II, noted as “double strength”, is used as a counterstain in immunohistochemistry (IHC) procedures, a frozen section nuclear stain, a routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain and for more intense cytology staining. Gill III is “triple strength” and is used primarily for tissue sections when a darker nuclear stain is preferred with shorter staining time. Goblet cells will be stained by Gill hematoxylin but not by other hematoxylin solutions.
To minimize oxidation and extend shelf life, store hematoxylin in a tightly capped container and keep stock solutions in the dark at room temperature.
For Histology Specimens
Fixation: Formalin 10%, Phosphate Buffered (Part 1090)
Technique: Paraffin sections cut at 5 microns
Solutions: All solutions are manufactured by Newcomer Supply, Inc.
GILL HEMATOXYLIN H&E STAINING PROCEDURE:
- Deparaffinize sections thoroughly in three changes of xylene, 3 minutes each. Hydrate through two changes each of 100% and 95% ethyl alcohols, 10 dips each. Wash well with distilled water.
- See Procedure Notes #1 and #2.
- Stain with Hematoxylin Stain, Gill of choice. Staining time may vary depending upon the solution strength and intended purpose.
- For recommendations: See Procedure Note #3.
- Wash well in three changes of tap water.
- Blue slides in Lithium Carbonate, Saturated Aqueous (Part 12215) or Scott Tap Water Substitute (Part 1380) for 10 dips.
- Wash in three changes of tap water; rinse in distilled water.
- Drain excess water from rack and slides; proceed to 70% alcohol for 10 dips.
- Counterstain in Eosin Y Working Solution (Part 1072) or prepared Eosin-Phloxine Working Solution (Part 1082) for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on preference of intensity.
- Dehydrate in two changes of 95% ethyl alcohol for 1 minute each and two changes of 100% ethyl alcohol, 10 dips each; coverslip with compatible mounting medium.
|Erythrocytes and eosinophilic granules||Bright pink to red|
|Cytoplasm and other tissue elements||Various shades of pink|
- Drain staining rack/slides after each step to prevent solution carry over.
- Do not allow sections to dry out at any point during staining procedure.
- Stain in hematoxylin for a length of time to suit preference of nuclear stain intensity.
a. Gill I recommended: Cytology – 5 minutes
b. Gill II recommended:
i. Frozen sections/Squash preps – 1 minute
ii. Paraffin H&E: 3-5 minutes
iii. IHC: 3-5 minutes
c. Gill III recommended:
i. Frozen sections/Squash preps – 1 minute
ii. IHC: 3-5 minutes
- If using a xylene substitute, closely follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for deparaffinization and clearing steps.
Carson, Freida L., and Christa Hladik. Histotechnology: A Self-Instructional Text. 3rd ed. Chicago, Ill.: American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 2009. 112.
Luna, Lee G. Histopathologic Methods and Color Atlas of Special Stains and Tissue Artifacts. Gaitheresburg, MD: American Histolabs, 1992. 81-92.
Modifications developed by Newcomer Supply Laboratory.