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Enabling multiphoton and second harmonic generation imaging in paraffin-embedded and histologically stained sections

: Monaghan, Michael G.; Kroll, Sebastian; Brucker, Sara Y.; Schenke-Layland, Katja


Tissue engineering. Part C, Methods 22 (2016), No.6, pp.517-523
ISSN: 1937-3384
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IGB ()
histology; nonlinear optics; paraffin; signal processing; tissue development and growth

Nonlinear microscopy, namely multiphoton imaging and second harmonic generation (SHG), is an established noninvasive technique useful for the imaging of extracellular matrix (ECM). Typically, measurements are performed in vivo on freshly excised tissues or biopsies. In this article, we describe the effect of rehydrating paraffin- embedded sections on multiphoton and SHG emission signals and the acquisition of nonlinear images from hematoxylin and eosin (H&E)-stained sections before and after a destaining protocol. Our results reveal that bringing tissue sections to a physiological state yields a significant improvement in nonlinear signals, particularly in SHG. Additionally, the destaining of sections previously processed with H&E staining significantly improves their SHG emission signals during imaging, thereby allowing sufficient analysis of collagen in these sections. These results are important for researchers and pathologists to obtain additional information from paraffin-embedded tissues and archived samples to perform retrospective analysis of the ECM or gain additional information from rare samples.