A significant new development in gold labeling for microscopy has been achieved through the use of gold cluster compounds that are covalently attached to antibodies or other probe molecules. These unique gold probes are smaller than most colloidal gold conjugates and exhibit improved penetration into tissues, higher labeling densities, and allow many new probes to be made with peptides, nucleic acids, lipids, drugs, and other molecules. A new fluorescent-gold conjugate is useful for examining localization by fluorescence microscopy, then visualizing the same label at the ultrastructural level in the electron microscope.
Hainfeld, James F.
"Labeling with Nanogold and Undecagold: Techniques and Results,"
Scanning Microscopy: Vol. 1996
, Article 25.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/microscopy/vol1996/iss10/25