Iron Stained Histology Slide

Validation Stain: Gomori Prussian Blue
Other Applicable Stains: Perl’s Prussian Blue


(+) Liver or Spleen
Adhesive or Charged Slides: 
Superfrost +

Product Options:

Part # 4320A 10/set $58.50
Part # 4320B 98/set $426.80


Tissue:  Positive staining liver or spleen.
Fixation: Formalin 10%, Phosphate Buffered (Part 1090).
Section/Glass: Paraffin sections cut at 4 microns on Superfrost™ Plus slides.
Quality Control Stain:  Gomori Prussian Blue quality control stained slide(s) included.
Reactivity: Guaranteed product specific reactivity for one year from date of receipt. Revalidate after one year to verify continued reactivity. 
Storage: 15-30°C in a light deprived and humidity controlled environment.
Intended Use: To verify histological techniques and reagent reactivity.

Before using unstained control slides, review the enclosed stained slide(s) to ensure that this tissue source is acceptable for testing needs.


With Iron, Gomori Prussian Blue Stain Kit: Part 9136A/B  Individual Stain Solution
Solution A: Hydrochloric Acid 20%, Aqueous 125/250 ml Part 12087
Solution B: Potassium Ferrocyanide 10%, Aqueous 125/250 ml Part 13392
Solution C: Nuclear Fast Red Stain, Kernechtrot 250/500 ml Part 1255



Newcomer Supply Iron Control Slides are for the positive histochemical staining of ferric iron deposits in tissue sections.



    1. Heat dry sections in oven according to your laboratory protocol.
    2. Acid clean glassware prior to use to avoid residual iron staining.
        1. See Procedure Note #1.



    1. 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.
        1. See Procedure Notes #2 and #3.
    2. Prepare fresh Ferrocyanide Working Solution directly before use; combine and mix well.
        1. Solution A: Hydrochloric Acid 20%, Aqueous        20 ml
        2. Solution B: Potassium Ferrocyanide 10%, Aqueous  20 ml
    3. Place slides in fresh Ferrocyanide Working Solution for 20 minutes.
    4. Rinse in three changes of tap water; rinse in distilled water.
    5. Place in Solution C: Nuclear Fast Red Stain, Kernechtrot for 5 minutes.
        1. Shake solution well before use; do not filter.
    6. Rinse well in distilled water.
        1. See Procedure Note #4.
    7. Dehydrate in two changes each of 95% and 100% ethyl alcohol. Clear in three changes of xylene, 10 dips each; coverslip with compatible mounting medium.



Ferric iron deposits Bright blue
Nuclei Red
Cytoplasm Pink



    1. Acid clean all glassware/plasticware (Part 12086) and rinse thoroughly in several changes of distilled water.
    2. Drain slides after each step to prevent solution carry over.
    3. Do not allow sections to dry out at any point during procedure.
    4. Wash well after Nuclear Fast Red Stain, Kernechtrot to avoid cloudiness in dehydration steps.
    5. If using a xylene substitute, closely follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for deparaffinization and clearing steps



    1. Luna, Lee G. Manual of Histologic Staining Methods of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. 3rd ed. New York: Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill, 1968. 179-184.
    2. Sheehan, Dezna C., and Barbara B. Hrapchak. Theory and Practice of Histotechnology. 2nd ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 1980. 217-218.
    3. Modifications developed by Newcomer Supply Laboratory.