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Alcian blue

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  1. [organic chemistry] A basic copper-containing phthalocyanine dye that is used to stain mucopolysaccharides


Alcian Blue was a shoegazing and new wave-influenced band operating out of the Washington, DC suburb of Takoma Park from 1998 to 2006. The band initially consisted of Sam Chintha, Jake Reid, Clark Stacy and Matt Welch. Recording and self-releasing full-length album Slow Colorless Stare and several EPs, they honed their characteristic sound by relentlessly experimenting with DIY recording techniques and effect boxes. They toured extensively with fellow East Coast shoegaze bands such as A Place to Bury Strangers, Skywave and The Emerald Down. In April 2004, Clark Stacy left the band to join the Air Force. The band decided to continue, using drum machines and adding Reid's future wife Kim Dodd on synthesizers and extra guitar. This sudden change in the group dynamic resulted in a new sound featuring synths and drum machine more prominently, as heard on their eponymous second album, released in July 2006 by Elephant Stone Records. The band toured extensively with the new lineup prior to the release of the record and developed a cult regional and worldwide fanbase.

  • genres: New Wave, Shoegazing
  • albums: "Slow Colorless Stare", "Angelica Take Me Down", "Translucent EP", "Fall Behind", "Alcian Blue", "You Just Disappear", "Years Too Late", "Silvers Sleep Walk"
  • official website:


"Alcian Blue" is a musical album of Alcian Blue.

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Alcian blue a.k.a. Alcian blue stain: Alcian blue or alcian blue is any member of a family of polyvalent basic dyes, of which the Alcian blue 8G has been historically the most common and the most reliable member. It is used to stain acidic polysaccharides such as glycosaminoglycans in cartilages and other body structures, some types of mucopolysaccharides, sialylated glycocalyx of cells etc. For many of these targets it is one of the most widely used cationic dyes for both light and electron microscopy. Use of alcian blue has historically been a popular staining method in histology especially for light microscopy in paraffin embedded sections and in semithin resin sections. The tissue parts that specifically stain by this dye become blue to bluish-green after staining and are called "Alcianophilic". Alcian blue staining can be combined with H&E staining, PAS staining and van Gieson staining methods. Alcian blue can be used to quantitate acidic glycans both in microspectrophotometric quantitation in solution or for staining glycoproteins in polyacrylamide gels or on western blots.

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Google previewThe Anatomy and Physiology of the Mammalian Larynx (1995)

by Donald Frederick Norris Harrison

Alcian blue is an amphoteric dye staining acid mucopolysaccharides; phloxine is a bluish red dye of the xanthene series. Fixed specimens are immersed in 1% phloxine solution for one minute, washed in running water and then immersed in ...

Google previewClinical Ocular Pharmacology (2013)

by Jimmy D. Bartlett

Pharmacology Alcian blue is a cationic dye of complex composition containing copper. It does not stain normal epithelial cells but will stain mucus-producing goblet ...

Google previewUltrastructure Techniques for Microorganisms (2012)

by H.C. Aldrich, William Todd

Alcian blue is a family of dyes and the one most commonly used is 8G or 8GX having a molecular weight of 1300. Stocks of these dyes can be found in many histology laboratories. The manufacturers have ceased production of the Alcian ...

Google previewChanging Syntheses in Development (2012)

by Meredith Runner

Alcian Blue is a polyvalent cationic dye that binds with polyanions by predominantly electrostatic linkages (Scott et al., 1964). Numerous workers have shown that complexation and precipitation of polyanions by organic cations is reversed in ...

Google previewManual of Medical Laboratory Techniques (2012)

by S Ramakrishnan, KN Sulochana

ALCIAN BLUE STAINING (pH 2.5) FOR ACID MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDES Principle: Alcian blue is a copper phthalocyanine basic dye that is water soluble and is colored blue because of its copper content.

Google previewInternational Review of Connective Tissue Research (2013)

by M. A. Epstein

Alcian blue is a water-soluble copper phthalocyanine-type dye with a relative specificity for acid mucopolysaccharides; however, the selectivity depends upon brief staining periods at low pH. Prolonged staining periods at higher pH levels ...

Google previewCawson's Essentials of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine (2008)

by Roderick A. Cawson, Edward W Odell

Alcian Blue is a turquoise stain for proteoglycans with negatively charged ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Cell & Molecular Biology (2012)

by John M. Lackie

Alcian blue Water-soluble copper phthalocyanin stain (Alcian blue 8GX) used to demonstrate acid mucopolysaccharides. By varying the ionic strength some differentiation of various types is possible. Similar dyes, Alcian green and Alcian ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

ACF and MDF are microscopically visible in the un- sectioned colon stained with methylene blue and high-iron diamine Alcian Blue, respectively.

Google previewDorland's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations (2015)

by Dorland

able body; abnormal; abortion; Ace bandage; active bilaterally; aid to the blind; airbag; alcian blue; alertness behavior; antibiotic; antibody; antigen binding; apex beat; asbestos body; asthmatic bronchitis; axiobuccal; Bachelor of Arts [Lat.

Google previewJablonski's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations (2008)

by Stanley Jablonski

able body; abnormal; abortion; Ace bandage; active bilaterally; aid to the blind; airbag; alcian blue; alertness behavior; antibiotic; antibody; antigen binding; apex beat; asbestos body; asthmatic bronchitis; axiobuccal; Bachelor of Arts [Lat.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2008)

by Clive N. Svendsen, Allison D. Ebert

and 4 have proven positive for chondrocyte differentiation with Alcian blue staining. Likewise, when pellet cultures of embryoid bodies are ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology (2001)

by Pei-Show Juo

Alcian Blue (mol wt is about 1300) A basic dye used ...

Google previewAbbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition (2001)

by Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

and Aquariums ab abbey; abnormal; abortion; about; abscess; abundant; acquisition beacon; adapter booster; aerial burst; afterburner; air blast; airbrake; alcian blue; ambient brine; anchor bolt; antibody; asbestos body; asthmatic bronchitis; ...

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