Scanning Electron Microscopy


Hydrated resinless sections produced by a variety of methods (cryoultramicrotomy or polyethylene glycol techniques) appear to be excellent specimens for post-embedding immunocytochemistry at the electron microscopic level. A perplexing problem is the lack of apparent penetration throuqhout the section thickness of particulate probes such as ferritin or colloidal gold. This report draws attention to the possible causes for this phenomenon namely the size of the probe and the possible effects of fixation or processing. Smaller probes, gentler fixation or permeabilization procedures and increased incubation times all seem to be logical approaches to increasing penetration of immunoreagents into thick hydrated sections.

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