The methods for tissue fixation currently used in traditional histology are of limited use for molecular analysis. Fixatives that contain formaldehyde crosslink biomolecules and modify nucleic acids and proteins. Such crosslinks lead to nucleic acid degradation during tissue fixation, storage, and processing. Since they cannot be removed completely, the resulting chemical modifications can cause inhibition in downstream applications, such as quantitative PCR or RT-PCR. To enable both molecular and traditional pathology testing from the same specimen, a method is needed to stabilize molecular content and preserve morphology.
To meet this need, PreAnalytiX has developed the PAXgene Tissue System. The system consists of a fixation reagent (PAXgene Tissue FIX), a stabilization reagent (PAXgene Tissue STABILIZER), prefilled containers for tissue collection, storage, and transportation, and kits for purification of RNA, DNA, or total RNA, including miRNA. In addition, supplementary protocols for protein purification and other applications are available in the 'Resources' section of this page or at www.preanalytix.com.
PAXgene Tissue reagents in prefilled containers and PAXgene Tissue Kits provide a complete preanalytical solution for collection, fixation, and stabilization of tissue, and purification of high-quality nucleic acids for molecular research analysis.