Electron Probe Microanalysis: Applications in Biology and by T. A. Hall (auth.), Dr. Karl Zierold, Herbert K. Hagler

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By T. A. Hall (auth.), Dr. Karl Zierold, Herbert K. Hagler Ph.D. (eds.)

The objective of electron probe microanalysis of organic structures is to spot, localize, and quantify parts, mass, and water in cells and tissues. the tactic relies at the concept that all electrons and photons rising from an electron beam irradiated specimen comprise info on its constitution and composition. specifically, power spectroscopy of X-rays and electrons after interplay of the electron beam with the specimen is used for this goal. despite the fact that, the applying of this technique in biology and medication has to beat 3 particular difficulties: 1. the primary constituent of such a lot telephone samples is water. when you consider that liquid water isn't really suitable with vacuum stipulations within the electron microscope, specimens need to be ready with out hectic the opposite elements, in parti­ cular diffusible ions (elements). 2. Electron probe microanaly­ sis presents actual facts on both dry specimens or totally hydrated, frozen specimens. this knowledge frequently should be con­ verted into quantitative info significant to the mobilephone biologist or physiologist. three. Cells and tissues are usually not static yet dynamic structures. hence, for instance, microanalysis of physiolo­ gical techniques calls for sampling innovations that are tailored to handle particular organic or scientific questions. in the course of fresh years, amazing development has been made to beat those difficulties. Cryopreparation, picture research, and electron power loss spectroscopy are key components that have solved a few difficulties and provide promise for destiny improvements.

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X-ray microanalysis, and especially X-ray microanalysis of frozen dried ultrathin cryosections, is still one of the most promising techniques to measure ion concentrations on an nelle or even suborganelle scale. cellular ions are highly diffusible. orga- However, most of the intraArtificial redistrib~tion of ions during the preparation of tissue is highly probable. the In recent years, however, it became possible native ions level. distribution of at to preserve least on the organelle Critical steps in the preparation together with the ex- perimental evidence for the unbiasedness of results will be reviewed here.

Experiments of this kind have already been carried out (Edelmann, 1984b, 1988a) and results are shown in Fig. 1. When comparing the frozen-hydrated cryosections + + of Tl -loaded muscle (Fig. la, lc) with those of normal K -containing muscle (Fig. lb) it was found that the electron-dense Tt ions are mainly localized in the A bands and at Z lines; more precisely, the Tl + ions are accumulated at individual protein filaments of the muscle preparation (Fig. lc). The intense protein staining caused by Tl + implies that most of the cellular Tl + ions are bound to the proteins and not dissolved in the surrounding water; otherwise one would expect a poor or 35 even a negative staining of the proteins.

49 According to a simple model computation (von Zglinicki et al.

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