By Prof. David G. Robinson Ph.D., Priv. Doz. Dr. Ulrich Ehlers, Prof. Dr. Rainer Herken, Prof. Dr. Bernd Herrmann, Prof. Dr. Frank Mayer, Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann (auth.)

In 1939, whilst the electron optics laboratory of Siemens & Halske Inc. started to manufacture the 1st electron microscopes, the organic and clinical profes­ sions had an unforeseen device at their disposal which passed the reso­ lution of the sunshine microscope via greater than a hundredfold. The instant and extensive program of this new device used to be advanced through the overpowering prob­ lems inherent in specimen instruction for the research of mobile struc­ tures. The microtechniques utilized in mild microscopy have been now not appli­ cable, considering even the thinnest paraffin layers couldn't be penetrated via electrons. Many efficient organic and clinical examine staff expressed their nervousness that gadgets in excessive vacuum will be transformed as a result of whole dehydration and the absorbed electron power could finally reason degrada­ tion to rudimentary carbon backbones. It additionally appeared questionable to whether it might be attainable to organize skinny sections of roughly zero. five 11m from heterogeneous organic specimens. hence one was once unexpectedly in posses­ sion of a unique software which, compared to the sunshine microscope, allowed a 10-100-fold greater solution, but an appropriate coaching method was once missing. This sceptical angle in the direction of the applying of electron microscopy in bi­ ology and medication was once supported at the same time via the final opinion of colloid chemists, who postulated that during the submicroscopic quarter of dwelling buildings no good development blocks existed that can be printed with this apparatus.

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Elsevier/North Holland, Amsterdam, pp 1-207 Hayat M (1970) Principles and techniques of electron microscopy, vol I. Biological applications. Van Nostrand-Reinhold, New York, pp 1-412 Millonig G (1976) Laboratory manual of biological electron microscopy. 1 Osmium Tetroxide (OS04)' OS04 is the most frequently used fixative. It is seldom used alone, instead it is applied either simultaneously with or after a glutaraldehyde fixation. When reduced, OS04 acts as an electron-dense stain which reacts principally with lipids.

1 M phosphate buffer for 1 h followed by 2% OS04 (wi v) in the same buffer, also for 1 h. 1 M phosphate buffer) fixation at 4° C for 3 h. c Permanganate fixation with 1% KMn04 in H 20 at 4° C for 2 h. Sections a and b were poststained with uranyl acetate and lead citrate; section c stained with lead citrate alone. Cchloroplast; D dictyosome; Mi mitochondria; N nucleus; W cell wall. 3 Tonicity. Cells can swell or shrink depending on the osmotic capabilities of a fixation solution. In order to avoid such artefacts, careful attention has to be paid to the concentration and composition of a fixation solution.

A cover (6) shields the mica from the direct deposition of carbon. The various components are fixed to a heavy ground plate (8) Carbon Films 21 spring pressure (see also Fig. 43). The evaporation takes place through contact between the two carbon electrodes when an electric current is passed through them. A carbon film can be deposited on almost every type of surface; its thickness is proportional to the duration of the evaporation. Usually, however, carbon is deposited on freshly cleaved mica from which the film can easily be floated off onto water.

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