Resin Microscopy and On-Section Immunocytochemistry / Edition 2

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Since antibodies tagged with markers have been developed, immunocyhemistry has become an important method for identifying tissue substances and the localisation of nucleic acid in tissue by in situ hybridisation in molecular biology. This laboratory book covers the embedding of tissue using less sensitive epoxy resin methods to the more sensitive procedures employing the acrylics. The possibilities are discussed and results are presented so that an understanding of the techniques can be acquired.

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From the reviews of the second edition:

"This comprehensive and valuable book is a must-have for the immunohishemical laboratory. It extensively covers the field of onsection immunocyhemistry, including epoxy and acrylic resins, a variety of embedding and immunolabelling prools … . It is the only book I know covering LR-White and -Gold, the different Lowicryls, and Unicryl in this comprehensive manner. … it is a very helpful book and because of its extensive theoretical and practical reference a standard for the beginner as well as those already familiar with immunocyhemistry." (Jens Krieger, Microscopy and Analysis, September, 2002)

A look at the various techniques used in resin embedding as a method of preparing tissue samples for immunomicroscopic examination. For newcomers to the field, or practicing immunochemists who spaced out a journal or two last year and need to catch up, considers general theoretical and practical aspects, commercially available resins and their use, on-section single and double labeling methods, and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540672777
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 5/18/2001
  • Series: Springer Lab Manuals Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

I: Resin Embedding.- 1 The Strategic Approach.- Overview.- Planning a Project.- 1.1 Fixation Strategies.- 1.1.1 Chemical Fixation.- Tissue Fixation.- Modes of Fixation.- 1.1.2 Cryoprocedures.- Cryoimmobilisation and Resin Embedding.- Cryosubstitution.- Freeze-Drying.- Cryoultramicrotomy for Immunocyhemistry.- 1.2 Dehydration Strategies.- Choice of Dehydrating Solvent.- 1.3 Polymerisation Strategies.- 2 The Resins.- 2.1 Epoxy Resins.- 2.1.1 Araldite.- 2.1.2 Epon.- 2.1.3 Spurr’s.- 2.1.4 Durcupan.- 2.2 Acrylic Resins.- 2.2.1 LR White.- Historical Perspective.- Versatility of LR White.- 2.2.2 LR Gold.- 2.2.3 The Lowicryls.- Historical Perspective.- Versatility of the Lowicryls.- Lowicryls K4M and HM20.- Lowicryls K11M and HM23.- Rapid Embedding Procedures for Lowicryls.- 2.2.4 Unicryl.- Historical Perspective.- Versatility of Unicryl.- Unicryl or Lowicryl?.- 3 Resin Embedding Prools for Chemically Fixed Tissue.- 3.1 Tissue Handling.- 3.1.1 Free-Living Cells (and Cell-Fractions).- 3.1.2 Monolayers.- 3.1.3 Solid Tissue.- 3.2 Prools Employing Full Dehydration of Tissue at Room Temperature (RT).- 3.2.1 Fixation.- Aldehyde Blocking.- 3.2.2 Prool for Epoxy Resins with Ethanol.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.2.3 Prool for Epoxy Resins with Acetone.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.2.4 Prool for Acrylic Resins: LR White.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.2.5 Prool for Acrylic Reisns: Lowicryls K4M/HM20 and Unicryl.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.3 Prools Employing Partial Dehydration of Tissue at Room Temperature (RT).- 3.3.1 Fixation.- Fixation for Room Temperature Prools.- Fixation for Cold (0°C) Temperature Prools.- 3.3.2 Prool for Room Temperature Rapid Polymerisation.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.3.3 Prool for Cold Temperature (O°C) Polymerisation.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.4 Prools Employing Dehydration of Tissue at Cold Temperatures (O°C to—20°C).- 3.4.1 Fixation.- 3.4.2 Prool for Dehydration down to—20°C.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.5 Prools Employing Dehydration of Tissue at Progressively Lower Temperatures (PLT:—35°C to—50°C).- 3.5.1 Apparatus for PLT.- 3.5.2 Fixation.- 3.5.3 Prool for PLT to—35°C.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 3.5.4 Prool for PLT to—50°C.- Dehydration.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4 Cryotechniques.- 4.1 Tissue Preparation for Freezing.- 4.2 Rapid Freezing and Apparatus Requirements.- 4.2.1 Plunge-Freezing.- 4.2.2 Propane Jet Freezing.- 4.2.3 Spray Freezing.- 4.2.4 Slam or Impact Freezing.- 4.2.5 High-Pressure Freezing.- 4.2.6 Source of Apparatus.- 4.2.7 Safety.- 4.3 Cryosubstitution.- 4.3.1 The Substitution Medium.- 4.3.2 The Temperature and Duration of Substitution.- 4.3.3 Apparatus for Substitution.- 4.3.4 Prool for Epoxy Resins.- Substitution Medium.- Substitution.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.3.5 Prool for Acrylic Resins: LR White and Unicryl.- Substitution Medium.- Substitution.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.3.6 Prool for Acrylic Resins: Lowicryls K4M/HM20 and Unicryl.- Substitution Medium.- Substitution.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.3.7 Prool for Acrylic Resins: Lowicryls K11M/HM23.- Substitution Medium.- Substitution.- Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.4 Freeze-Drying.- 4.4.1 Prool for Epoxy Resins.- Vapour Fixation.- Resin Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.4.2 Acrylic Resins for Freeze-Drying.- 4.4.3 Prool for Acrylic Resins (O°C to Room Temperature).- Vapour Fixation.- Resin Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.4.4 Prool for Acrylic Resins (?20°C to—80°C).- Vapour Fixation.- Resin Infiltration.- Polymerisation.- 4.5 Cryoultramicrotomy.- 4.5.1 Fixation.- 4.5.2 Freezing of Tissue.- 4.5.3 Sectioning and Storage of Grids.- 5 Methods for Resin Polymerisation.- 5.1 Heat Polymerisation Methods.- 5.1.1 Epoxy Resins III.- 5.1.2 Acrylic Resins: LR White.- 5.1.3 Acrylic Resins: Lowicryls.- 5.1.4 Acrylic Resins: Unicryl.- 5.2 Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation Methods.- 5.2.1 Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation and LR White.- Room Temperature: LR White.- Cold Temperature (O°C): LR White.- Cold Temperatures (20°C): LR White.- 5.2.2 Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation and the Lowicryls.- Room Temperature: Lowicryls.- Cold Temperature (O°C): Lowicryls.- Cold Temperatures (20°C): Lowicryls.- Low Temperatures (35°C): Lowicryls.- Experimental Parameters for Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation: Lowicryls.- 5.2.3 Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation and Unicryl.- Room Temperature: Unicryl.- Cold Temperature (O°C): Unicryl.- Cold Temperatures (20°C): Unicryl.- Low Temperatures (35°C): Unicryl.- 5.3 Ultraviolet Light Polymerisation Methods.- 5.3.1 The Setting-up of Apparatus.- 5.3.2 LR Resins, Lowicryls and Unicryl.- Room Temperature.- Cold Temperatures (O°C to—20°C).- Low Temperatures (?35°C to—50°C).- Very Low Temperatures (50°C to 80°C).- 5.4 ‘Uncatalysed’ LR White.- 5.4.1 Heat Polymerisation Methods.- 5.4.2 Chemical Catalytic Polymerisation Methods.- Room Temperature.- Cold Temperature (O°C).- Cold Temperature (20°C).- 5.4.3 Ultraviolet Light Polymerisation Methods.- Room Temperature.- Cold Temperatures (O°C to—20°C).- 6 Handling Resin Blocks.- 6.1 Sectioning Blocks.- 6.1.1 Epoxy Resins.- 6.1.2 Acrylic Resins: LR White (LR Gold).- 6.1.3 Acrylic Resins: Lowicryls.- 6.1.4 Acrylic Resins: Unicryl.- 6.2 Storing Blocks.- 6.2.1 Epoxy Resins.- 6.2.2 Acrylic Resins: LR White (LR Gold).- 6.2.3 Acrylic Resins: Lowicryls.- 6.2.4 Acrylic Resins: Unicryl.- II: On-Section Immunolabelling.- 7 Strategies in Immunolabelling.- 7.1 Colloidal Gold Strategies.- 7.1.1 Direct Methods.- 7.1.2 Indirect Methods.- Immunogold Staining (IGS) or Labelling.- Protein A-Gold.- Protein G-Gold.- Protein AG-Gold.- 7.1.3 Hapten- (and Haptenoid-)Based Methods.- Biotin.- Dinitrophenyl (DNP).- 7.2 Peroxidase Strategies.- 7.2.1 Direct Methods.- 7.2.2 Indirect Methods.- 7.2.3 The Peroxidase Antiperoxidase (PAP) Method.- 7.2.4 Hapten- (and Haptenoid-) Based Methods.- Biotin.- Dinitrophenyl (DNP).- 7.3 EM Double Immunolabelling.- 8 General Considerations.- 8.1 Resin Section Pretreatment.- 8.1.1. Etching (Epoxy Resin Sections only).- Semithin Sections.- Thin Sections.- 8.1.2 Trypsinisation.- 8.1.3 Inhibition of Endogenous Peroxidase (Immunoperoxidase only).- 8.1.4 Abolition of Aldehyde Groups.- 8.1.5 Osmium Removal.- 8.1.6 Uranium.- 8.1.7 Equilibration.- 8.2 Resin Section Immunolabelling.- 8.2.1 Specific Blocking.- 8.2.2 The Primary Reagent.- 8.2.3 Washing.- 8.2.4 The Secondary Detection System.- 8.2.5 DAB (Immunoperoxidase only).- 8.2.6 Phohemical Visualisation of Colloidal Gold and DAB (Silver Intensification).- Silver Development.- Silver Intensification of Colloidal Gold.- Silver Intensification of Diaminobenzidin e (DAB).- 8.2.7 Counterstaining.- Semithin Sections.- Thin Sections.- 8.2.8 Dehydration and Coverslipping of Semithin Sections.- 8.2.9 Air-Drying of Thin Sections.- 8.3 Controls in Immunocyhemistry.- 8.3.1 Reagent Controls.- Omitting the Primary Reagent.- Dilution Profiles.- Inappropriate Primary Antiserum.- Pre-Absorption of the Primary Antiserum.- 8.3.2 Tissue Controls.- 9 Immunolabelling Prools for Resin Sections.- 9.1 Pretreatment Prools.- 9.1.1 Prool for Semithin Sections.- Epoxy Resin Section Pretreatment.- Epoxy and Acrylic Resin Section Pretreatment.- 9.1.2 Prool for Thin Sections.- Epoxy Resin Section Pretreatment.- Epoxy and Acrylic Resin Section Pretreatment.- 9.2 Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling Prools.- 9.2.1 Prool for Direct Imrnunocolloidal Gold Labelling.- Incubation.- Visualisation for Semithin Sections.- Visualisation for Thin Sections.- 9.2.2 Prool for Indirect Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling (IGS, Protein AlG).- Incubation.- 9.2.3 Prool for Hapten-Based Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling (Biotin!Antibiotin or Avidin, DNP AntiDNP).- (i) Direct Methods.- (ii) Indirect Methods.- 9.3 Immunoperoxidase Labelling Prools.- 9.3.1 Resin Section Pretreatment.- Inhibition of Endogenous Peroxidase.- 9.3.2 Prool for Direct Immunoperoxidase Labelling.- Incubation.- Visualisation for Semithin Sections.- Visualization for Thin Sections.- 9.3.3 Prool for Indirect Immunoperoxidase Labelling.- Incubation.- 9.3.4 Prool for Hapten-Based Immunoperoxidase Labelling.- (i) Direct.- (ii) Indirect.- 9.3.5 Prool for DNP Hapten Sandwich Staining Technique (DHSS).- 9.3.6 Prool for 4-Layer DNP Hapten Sandwich Staining Technique (4-DHSS).- 9.4 EM Double Immunolabelling Prools.- 9.4.1 Prool for Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling.- (i) Direct Methods.- (ii) Indirect Methods.- 9.4.2 Prool for Hapten-Based Methods.- (i) Direct.- (ii) Indirect.- 9.4.3 Prool for Immunocolloidal Gold/Immunoperoxidase DAB Combined.- Incubation and Visualisation.- 9.5 Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling Prools for Cryoultramicrotomy.- 9.5.1 Section Pretreatment.- 9.5.2 Abolition of Aldehyde Groups.- 9.5.3 Equilibration.- 9.5.4 Prool for Direct Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling.- Incubation.- 9.5.5 Prool for Indirect Immunocolloidal Gold Labelling (IGS, Protein A/G).- Incubation.- 9.5.6 Visualisation.- 10 Resin Embedding and Immunolabelling.- 10.1 Extraction by the Resin.- 10.2 Resin Cross-Linking.- 10.3 Penetration of Label.- 10.4 Surface Relief of Sections.- 10.5 Gold Preparations.- 10.6 Quantitation.- 10.7 Conclusion.- Appendix I Examples of Typical Resin Embedding Regimes for Immunocyhemistry.- I.1 Solid Tissue, Pellets and Agar Blocks — Immersion Fixation.- I.2 Solid Tissue — Light Perfusion Fixation.- I.3 Solid Tissue — Very Light Perfusion Fixation.- I.4 Cryosubstitution.- I.5 Project Planner.- Appendix II List of Suppliers.- EM General.- EM Apparatus.- Electron Microscopes.- Flow Cytometry.- References.

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