Detection of Bim and Puma in mouse hair follicles using immunofluorescence and TUNEL assay double staining.

Biotechnic & histochemistry : official publication of the Biological Stain Commission

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Vesela B, Matalova E. Detection of Bim and Puma in mouse hair follicles using immunofluorescence and TUNEL assay double staining. Biotech Histochem. 2015;1-7.
Apoptosis in hair follicles often is studied under pathological conditions; little is known about apoptotic mechanisms during normal hair follicle formation and maintenance. We investigated proteins of intrinsic apoptotic pathway, Bim and Puma, during hair follicle development and the first catagen stage using immunofluorescence to describe their expression patterns and to correlate them with apoptosis as determined by TUNEL assay. Both proteins were found in developing follicles. Bim and Puma overlapped apoptosis only partially during physiological apoptotic stage and they were present in non-apoptotic parts of the follicles. Our findings suggest that these primary apoptotic molecules participate in postnatal development and maintenance of hair follicles.