Faculté des sciences

The transillumination possibility of imidazole-osmium postfixed muscle tissue and its consequences for the handling of muscle tissue samples

Voigt, Tilman ; Dauber, Wolfgang

In: Microscopy Research and Technique, 2004, vol. 63(2), p. 129

The osmium postfixation of tissue leads to good results for transmission electron microscopy, but also produces completely blackened tissue samples that do not allow the recognition of internal structures. With imidazole-osmium postfixation, one achieves comparable results in high electron microscopic resolution as with routine osmium postfixation. But the tissue samples are not blackened and... Plus

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    The osmium postfixation of tissue leads to good results for transmission electron microscopy, but also produces completely blackened tissue samples that do not allow the recognition of internal structures. With imidazole-osmium postfixation, one achieves comparable results in high electron microscopic resolution as with routine osmium postfixation. But the tissue samples are not blackened and can, therefore, be transilluminated with point light sources. The new postfixation technique makes it possible to recognize histological details such as vessels, nerve fibers, and the cross-banding pattern in an untrimmed block. This makes it possible to screen-embedded tissue samples for appropriate ultrastructural processing.