Visualization of iron (Fe) localization in plants has greatly enhanced our understanding of plant Fe homeostasis. One of the relatively simple and yet powerful techniques is the classical Perls blue stain (Perls, 1867). The technique is based on the conversion of ferrocyanide to insoluble crystals of Prussian blue in the presence of Fe3+ under acidic conditions. It has been extensively used in animal and human histology (Meguro et al., 2007) and has recently gained popularity in plant research. For specific purposes, Fe signals may be additionally enhanced in the 3,3’-diaminobenzidine tetrahydrochloride (DAB) intensification procedure (Meguro et al., 2007). It has been demonstrated that this intensification results in the detection of both Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions (Roschzttardtz et al., 2009). The method has been successfully applied at the whole plant, organ and subcellular levels, both with (Roschzttardtz et al., 2011; Schuler et al., 2012; Roschzttardtz et al., 2013; Ivanov et al., 2014) and without intensification (Stacey et al., 2008; Long et al., 2010).
Here, we present a full Perls staining and DAB intensification protocol, the way it is performed in our lab (Ivanov et al., 2014).
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