Carbohydrate Stains


  • Shelf Life for Stain Kits is one year from date manufactured.
  • Store Stain Kits at 15-30°C unless otherwise stated.
  • Most Stain Kits include 2 Complimentary Positive Control Slides to be used for the initial verification of staining techniques and reagents.
  • Stain solution groups are sold as individual products under separate part numbers with storage requirements and expiration date designated per bottle.


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Stain Kit

Acid Epithelial Mucin   (Sialomucin, Sulfomucin)

Neutral Epithelial Mucins

Stromal (Mesenchymal) Mucin  (Hyaluronic Acid)



Periodic Acid Schiff (PAS) Kit #9162 Magenta Magenta Negative Magenta Stains Basement membrane & fungal elements
Colloidal Iron, Müller-Mowry Kit #9110 Blue Negative Blue Negative Stains Cryptococcus
Mucin, Mayer Mucicarmine Kit #9151 Rose Negative Negative Negative Stains Cryptococcus
Alcian Blue, 1%, pH 2.5 Kit #9102 Blue Negative Blue Negative  
Alcian Blue/PAS Kit #91022 Violet Magenta Blue Magenta  














Table simplifed for clarity.


  1. Carson, Freida L., and Christa Hladik. Histotechnology: A Self-Instructional Text. 3rd ed. Chicago, Ill.: American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 2009.

  2. Rekhtman, Natasha, and Justin Bishop. Quick Reference Handbook for Surgical Pathologists. Berlin: Springer, 2011.69.

alcian blue 1% pH 2.5 stain kit

Alcian Blue 1%, pH 2.5 Stain Kit

Stains acid epithelial mucin (sialomucin, sulfomucin) as well as stromal (mesenchymal) mucin. Hyaluronidase digestion step can be employed for further differentiation of acid epithelial from stromal mucin.

Part # 9102A250 ml kit $153.90 
Part # 9102B500 ml kit $196.80 
Alcian Blue - H&E Metanil Yellow Stain

Alcian Blue - H&E Metanil Yellow Stain

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Part # Non-Kit 
alcian blue PAS stain kit periodic acid schiff

Alcian Blue/PAS Stain Kit

Differentiates between acidic epithelial mucins (sialomucin, sulfomucin) and neutral epithelial mucin and is a means of detecting the overall presence of mucins.  Acidic mucins are stained with the Alcian Blue technique while neutral mucins and glycogen are stained by the PAS reaction.

Part # 91022A250 ml kit $183.90 
Part # 91022B500 ml kit $330.50