Immuno-correlative light and electron microscopy (iCLEM) using SEM v1

Viola OorschotBenjamin Lindsey


Immuno- correlative light and electron microscopy (iCLEM) combines ultrastructural information obtained from high resolution electron microscopy with the use of genetically encoded or cytochemical markers. Immuno-CLEM takes advantage of the antigenicity preserved by Tokuyasu sample preparation to identify, quantify and characterise heterogeneous cell populations in small organisms, organs and tissue of healthy and diseased states. iCLEM can be used in combination with scanning EM (SEM), scanning TEM (STEM), and transmission EM (TEM). These protocols are well-suited, for example, for investigating neural stem and progenitor cell populations of the vertebrate nerve system and are available as separate protocols on Here, a method for iCLEM-SEM is described using an adult zebrafish telencephalon brain as a model. This organ is small in size allowing the complete dorsal telencephalic niche to be visualised in sections, and has diverse cell profiles and regenerative potential of local neural stem and progenitor cells. iCLEM-SEM provides a large quantifiable overview of 200 nm tissue sections without the presence of grid bars, and thicker sections enhance the immunofluorescent labelling.

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