FD NeuroSilver™ Kits 150 & 300 Sections
FD NeuroSilver™ Kit II is designed for the detection of degenerating neurons in fixed tissue sections of the central nervous system from experimental animals. The principle of this kit is based on the findings that some components of the neurons undergoing degeneration, such as lysosomes, axons, and terminals, become particularly argyrophilic. Under certain conditions, these cellular elements bind to the silver ions with high affinity. Upon reduction, the silver ions form metallic grains that are visible under a light or electron microscope.
FD NeuroSilver™ Kit II has been used widely in animal studies under various experimental conditions. This kit has proven extremely specific and sensitive for the detection of degenerating neuronal somata, axons, and terminals in both the brain and the spinal cord (cf. photo samples). It is particularly useful for the detection of small numbers of degenerating neurons that may not be demonstrable with routine histopathological techniques.
FD NeuroSilver™ Kit II has also been proven to be very sensitive and reliable for the detection of amyloid plaques in the brain of transgenic mice (cf. photo samples). In addition, this kit may be used for demonstrating neurodegeneration and/or amyloid plaques in tissue sections that have been processed for immunohistochemistry (cf. photo samples). The procedure of FD NeuroSilver™ Kit II takes approximately 1 hour.