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Electron microscopy of endocytic pathways.
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PMID:  23027016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Detailed insight into the fine structure and 3D-architecture of the complex and dynamic compartments of the endocytic system is essential for a morpho-functional analysis of retrograde traffic from the cell surface to different intracellular destinations. Here, we describe a cytochemical approach for electron microscopic exploration of endocytic pathways with the use of wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) in combination with either conventional chemical fixation or ultrafast physical fixation of the cells by high pressure-freezing. Horseradish peroxidase-labeled WGA endocytozed by human hepatoma cells for various periods of time served as a marker. Its intracellular routes were visualized by means of diaminobenzidine oxidation either done conventionally after chemical fixation or in living cells prior to physical fixation. The latter protocol permits the combination of peroxidase-catalyzed cytochemistry with high pressure-freezing (HPF), which is state of the art for ultrastructural studies of complex and dynamic organelles at high spatial and temporal resolutions. The technique yields distinct cytochemical reactions and excellently preserved fine structures well qualified for detailed electron microscopic and 3D-studies of the complex endocytic architectures.
Carmen Ranftler; Peter Auinger; Claudia Meisslitzer-Ruppitsch; Adolf Ellinger; Josef Neumüller; Margit Pavelka
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)     Volume:  931     ISSN:  1940-6029     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Mol. Biol.     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214969     Medline TA:  Methods Mol Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cell Biology and Ultrastructure Research, Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
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