Scanning Electron Microscopy


The relationship of polyploidization (DNA content) to differentiation is not well defined. We have developed centrifugal elutriation and Percoll density gradient centrifugation to obtain larye numbers of highly-purified mega-karyocytes which subsequently were stained for DNA content with Hoechst 33342 and sorted by FACS into SC, 16C and 32C ploidy classes for correlated analysis of cell surface structures by scanning electron microscopy. Each ploidy class revealed unique surface characteristics that reflect differentiation occurring in megakaryocytes independent of their DNA content.

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