Detecting Tie2, an Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor, by Using Immunohistochemistry in Mouse Lungs

Immunohistochemical (IHC) staining is an invaluable, sensitive, and effective method to detect the presence and localization of proteins in the cellular compartment in tissues. The basic concept of IHC is detecting the antigen in tissues by means of specific antibody binding, which is then demonstrated with a colored histochemical reaction that can be observed under a light microscope. The most challenging aspect of IHC techniques is optimizing the precise experimental conditions that are required to get a specific and a strong signal. The critical steps of IHC are specimen acquisition, fixation, permeabilization, detection system, and selection of the antigen specific antibody and its optimization. Here, we elaborate the technique using the endothelial growth factor binding receptor Tie2 in mouse lungs.
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