Paraffin-embedded tissues from a variety of sources and treated with different fixatives were tested for beta-globin and HPV amplification by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In tests of tissues collected in the previous 2 to 3 yr, excellent rates (87% to 93%) for beta-globin amplification were obtained for specimens fixed in buffered formalin, Bouin's, and Hartmann's solutions. In contrast, the rate of beta-globin amplification was low for tissues fixed in Hollande's solution (7%) and in Hartmann's solution with eosin (33%). The results of beta-globin amplification from archival tissues stored for variable time periods showed no decrease in the amplification rate with longer periods of storage. Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) were identified in 17% of globin negative and in 43% of globin positive tissues. HPV-16 amplification was more efficient when the targeted DNA sequence was small. Variability in amplification depends not only on the type of fixative used, but also on other ill-defined factors. Therefore, conditions for optimal amplification should be determined before undertaking studies of archival material.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc|
|State||Published - 1991|
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