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REACTIVITY SENSITIVITY MW (kDa) Isotype
H M Endogenous 38 Rabbit IgG
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Immunohistochemical analysis of paraffin-embedded mouse testes (left) and mouse kidney (right) using DAZL (D2A4) Rabbit mAb (IHC Specific). As expected, kidney is DAZL negative.

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Immunohistochemical analysis of paraffin-embedded human testes using DAZL (D2A4) Rabbit mAb (IHC Specific) in the presence of control peptide (left) or antigen-specific peptide (right).

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Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin)

A. Solutions and Reagents

NOTE: Prepare solutions with reverse osmosis deionized (RODI) or equivalent grade water.

  1. Xylene.
  2. Ethanol, anhydrous denatured, histological grade (100% and 95%).
  3. Deionized water (dH2O).
  4. Hematoxylin (optional).
  5. Wash Buffer:
    1. 1X Tris Buffered Saline with Tween® 20 (TBST): To prepare 1L 1X TBST add 100 ml 10X Tris Buffered Saline with Tween® 20 (#9997) to 900 ml dH20, mix.
  6. SignalStain® Antibody Diluent (#8112).
  7. Antigen Unmasking Citrate: 10 mM Sodium Citrate Buffer: To prepare 1 L, add 2.94 g sodium citrate trisodium salt dihydrate (C6H5Na3O7•2H2O) to 1 L dH2O. Adjust pH to 6.0.
  8. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide: To prepare 100 ml, add 10 ml 30% H2O2 to 90 ml dH2O.
  9. Blocking Solution: TBST/5% Normal Goat Serum: to 5 ml 1X TBST, add 250 µl Normal Goat Serum (#5425).
  10. Detection System: SignalStain® Boost IHC Detection Reagents (HRP, Rabbit #8114).
  11. Substrate: SignalStain® DAB Substrate Kit (#8059).

B. Deparaffinization/Rehydration

NOTE: Do not allow slides to dry at any time during this procedure.

  1. Deparaffinize/hydrate sections:
    1. Incubate sections in three washes of xylene for 5 min each.
    2. Incubate sections in two washes of 100% ethanol for 10 min each.
    3. Incubate sections in two washes of 95% ethanol for 10 min each.
  2. Wash sections two times in dH2O for 5 min each.

C. Antigen Unmasking

For Citrate: Bring slides to a boil in 10 mM sodium citrate buffer, pH 6.0; maintain at a sub-boiling temperature for 10 min. Cool slides on bench top for 30 min.

D. Staining

  1. Wash sections in dH2O three times for 5 min each.
  2. Incubate sections in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 10 min.
  3. Wash sections in dH2O two times for 5 min each.
  4. Wash sections in wash buffer for 5 min.
  5. Block each section with 100–400 µl blocking solution for 1 hr at room temperature.
  6. Remove blocking solution and add 100–400 µl primary antibody diluted in SignalStain® Antibody Diluent (#8112) to each section. Incubate overnight at 4°C.
  7. Equilibrate SignalStain® Boost Detection Reagent (HRP, Rabbit #8114) to room temperature.
  8. Remove antibody solution and wash sections with wash buffer three times for 5 min each.
  9. Cover section with 1–3 drops SignalStain® Boost Detection Reagent (HRP, Rabbit #8114) as needed. Incubate in a humidified chamber for 30 min at room temperature.
  10. Wash sections three times with wash buffer for 5 min each.
  11. Add 1 drop (30 µl) SignalStain® DAB Chromogen Concentrate to 1 ml SignalStain® DAB Diluent and mix well before use.
  12. Apply 100–400 µl SignalStain® DAB to each section and monitor closely. 1–10 min generally provides an acceptable staining intensity.
  13. Immerse slides in dH2O.
  14. If desired, counterstain sections with hematoxylin per manufacturer’s instructions.
  15. Wash sections in dH2O two times for 5 min each.
  16. Dehydrate sections:
    1. Incubate sections in 95% ethanol two times for 10 sec each.
    2. Repeat in 100% ethanol, incubating sections two times for 10 sec each.
    3. Repeat in xylene, incubating sections two times for 10 sec each.
  17. Mount sections with coverslips.

posted February 2010

revised November 2013

protocol id: 283

Product Usage Information

Application Dilutions
Immunohistochemistry 1:100

Storage: Supplied in 10 mM sodium HEPES (pH 7.5), 150 mM NaCl, 100 µg/ml BSA, 50% glycerol and less than 0.02% sodium azide. Store at –20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.

Specificity / Sensitivity

DAZL (D2A4) (IHC Specific) Rabbit mAb recognizes endogenous levels of total DAZL protein.


Species Reactivity: Human, Mouse
Species predicted to react based on 100% sequence homology: Rat

Source / Purification

Monoclonal antibody is produced by immunizing animals with a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues near the carboxy terminus of human protein.

The human DAZ (Deleted in Azoospermia) gene family contains at least three members that encode RNA-binding proteins with a common RNA-recognition motif (1). An autosomal homolog of DAZ, DAZL (DAZ-like), is specifically expressed in germ cells and is essential for the specification of the germ cell lineage during embryogenesis and during gametogenesis in adults of both sexes (2,3). DAZL may function by directly recruiting poly(A)-binding proteins (PABPs) in order to activate silent mRNAs during germ cell development (2). Deletions encompassing the Y chromosomal DAZ genes are the most common molecularly defined cause of infertility in humans (4,5).


1.  Yen, P.H. (2004) Int J Androl 27, 125-9.

2.  Collier, B. et al. (2005) EMBO J 24, 2656-66.

3.  Brook, M. et al. (2009) Reproduction 137, 595-617.

4.  Reijo, R. et al. (1995) Nat Genet 10, 383-93.

5.  Cooke, H.J. and Elliott, D.J. (1997) Trends Genet 13, 87-9.


Entrez-Gene Id 1618
Swiss-Prot Acc. Q92904


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