PMID: 45635Jan 1, 1977

Cytochemical studies of ultrathin frozen sections of blood platelets

Acta histochemica. Supplementband
E Morgenstern


Results obtained by conventional techniques and freeze-ultramicrotomie have been compared. Ultrathin frozen sections of platelets, which are fixed by glutaraldehyde, freeze-protected by polyvinyl-pyrrolidone and encapsulated in gelatin show a well preserved fine structure after staining with buffered OsO4, phosphotungstic, phosphomolybdic or ammoniummolybdic acid. The preservation of polysaccharides or mucopolysaccharides depends on a suitable fixation, that of glycogen in certain cases depends on a double fixation (glutaraldehyde and OsO4). Cytoplasmic nucleoproteins like ribosomes are visible only after drying of sections and staining with uranyl-acetate. Lipids, both membrane lipoproteins as well as lipids in the matrices of cell organelles, are well preserved. For example the zinc-iodide osmiumtetroxide reaction yields positive results in frozen sections contrary to such obtained by conventional methods. Furthermore, the extraction of altered lipids after staining with dyes like acridine orange does not take place with this method. For this reasons the freeze-ultramicrotomy seems to be an useful alternative method.

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