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About IHC

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a unique method which allows for the identification of antigens in tissues. An antigen is a molecule, typically a protein or carbohydrate, which can be located within a cell, on the cell surface, or within tissue constituents. The antigen of interest may be a natural component of the host tissue (e.g. cell surface receptors or cell constituents) or foreign to the host (e.g. a protein associated with an infectious agent).

IHC identifies the antigen of interest via the use of labeled, commercially available, antigen-specific antibodies as reagents which result in an antigen-antibody reaction and are then visualized by a marker such as a fluorescent dye or via and enzymatic reaction. It is the antigen-specific antibody component utilized in immunohistochemistry which differentiates immunohistochemistry from histochemistry (an antibody-independent chemical reaction in tissue). Immunohistochemistry is a powerful tool with many applications in both diagnostics and research.

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