Preservation of C. elegans tissue via high-pressure freezing and freeze-substitution for ultrastructural analysis and immunocytochemistry

Weimer, R. M. (2006) Preservation of C. elegans tissue via high-pressure freezing and freeze-substitution for ultrastructural analysis and immunocytochemistry. Methods Mol Biol, 351. pp. 203-21. ISSN 1940-6029 (Electronic)1064-3745 (Linking)

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16988436
DOI: 10.1385/1-59745-151-7:203

Abstract

High-pressure freezing (HPF) is capable of converting liquid water, to a depth of approx 0.6 mm, into amorphous ice nearly instantaneously. At midbody, an adult Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite approaches its widest girth of approx 0.1 mm. In theory, an entire living adult animal can be physically immobilized instantly in amorphous ice by HPF, thus, providing a unique opportunity to examine cellular architecture with exquisite spatial preservation. The following chapter will discuss, in detail, procedures for freezing C. elegans under high pressure, for embedding frozen samples in resin after a freeze-substitution step, and for the postembedding immunogold labeling of proteins contained within thin sections of embedded animals. These protocols enable high-resolution analysis of both morphological features and molecular domains within most tissues of C. elegans.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals Caenorhabditis elegans chemistry/metabolism ultrastructure Cryoprotective Agents chemistry Freeze Substitution methods Immunohistochemistry methods electron Microscopy Electron Transmission/methods
Subjects: organism description > animal > C elegans
Investigative techniques and equipment > microscopy > electron microscopy
Investigative techniques and equipment > freezing
Investigative techniques and equipment > microscopy
Communities: CSHL labs > Svoboda lab
Depositing User: CSHL Librarian
Date: 2006
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 20:32
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 15:31
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/22928

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