Scanning Electron Microscopy


Chelex ion exchange beads loaded with a known amount (18.3% weight percentage (w/w)) of platinum, have been co-embedded with a mouse peritoneal cell population. To establish the influence of the various deconvolution methods applied, upon the platinum concentration in cytoplasmic granules and erythrocytes these cross-sectioned beads are used as a standard. It is concluded that irrespective of the deconvolution method chosen 1) the Pt concentration inside the particles is identical when the particles and the co-embedded Chelex Pt standard, are analysed strictly under the same instrumental conditions 2) the Pt concentration outside the particle is zero, or virtually zero when that element is absent there (erythrocyte surrounded by Epon) 3) the Pt concentration outside the particle in the surrounding cytoplasm was identical (when the element Pt was present there).

The information about the elemental concentration obtained by point analysis in the STEM-mode in homogeneous objects was compared with the mean value obtained by the reduced raster method. The ratio between these values were constant.

As an example of a heteromorphic, heterogeneous cell organelle population, the application of the method of integrated morphometrical and chemical (X-ray) analysis is demonstrated on lysosomes within a single human liver parenchymal cell, containing iron and cerium. It was shown that the cerium concentration (from the cytochemical reaction to detect acid phosphatase activity in lysosomes) was rather homogeneously distributed over the small population and in the individual lysosomes. The iron distribution was very inhomogeneous, both in its distribution over the lysosomal area, and among the lysosomes in the population.

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