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The use of paraffin slides and tissue microarrays (TMA) is indispensable for translational research. However, storage of paraffin slides over time has a substantial detrimental effect on the quality and reliability of immunohistochemistry stains. Particularly affected by this issue may be any collaborative efforts where paraffin slides or TMAs are shipped to central laboratories and then 'biobanked' for some time until use. This article summarizes some of the key issues affecting loss of antigenicity on paraffin slides and some simple storage solutions to help maintain high quality immunohistochemistry results when paraffin slides must be stored for a certain time prior to use.
Economou, M., Schöni, L., Hammer, C., Galván, J. A., Mueller, D., & Zlobec, I. (2014). Proper paraffin slide storage is crucial for translational research projects involving immunohistochemistry stains. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/2001-1326-3-4