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Cytometry. 1986 Jan;7(1):101-3.

A protocol for Papanicolaou staining of cytologic specimens following flow analysis.


A protocol has been developed for restaining cytologic specimens that have been analyzed on a multidimensional slit-scan flow system. The technique involves Papanicolaou staining of cells on a membrane filter that has been previously stained with acridine orange and fixed with glutaraldehyde buffer. The specimen and staining solutions were sequentially added to a 5-micrometers pore size, 47-mm diameter Gelman "Metricel" filter while it remained in a glass filtration apparatus. The practice of retaining the filter in the filtration apparatus throughout the staining procedure minimizes cell loss and eliminates specimen cross contamination when compared with conventional filter dip staining. The availability of this postflow specimen Papanicolaou staining protocol permits accurate determination of the performance characteristics of a multidimensional slit-scan flow system and should be useful whenever staining of a limited number of cells with minimal cell loss is desired.

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