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Diagnostic Pathology

, 6:117

First Online: 01 December 2011Received: 21 October 2011Accepted: 01 December 2011


BackgroundTissue microarray technology has provided a high throughput means of evaluating potential biomarkers in archival pathological specimens. This study was carried out in order to produce tissue microarray blocks using mechanical pencil tips without high cost.

MethodConventional mechanical pencil tips Rotring Tikky II Mechanical Pencil 1.0 mm were used to cut out 1 mm wax cylinders from the recipient block, creating from 36 to 72 holes. Three cores of tumor areas were punched out manually by using the mechanical pencil tips from donor paraffin embedded tissue blocks and transferred to the holes of the paraffin tissue microarrays.

ResultsThis technique was easy and caused little damage to the donor blocks. We successfully performed HandE slides and immunodetection without substantial tissue cylinder loss.

ConclusionOur mechanical pencil tip technique is the most inexpensive easy technique among the literature. It also takes a reasonable amount of time and reduces antibody consumption during immunohistochemistry

KeywordsParaffin tissue microarrays-mechanical pencil tips Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1746-1596-6-117 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Abdelhadi M Shebl - Khaled R Zalata - Maha M Amin - Amira K El-Hawary


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