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Histochemistry. 1991;95(5):491-4.

Ultrastructural detection of DNA-incorporated bromodeoxyuridine in resin embedded brain tissue.

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Clinica Neurologica II, Università di Torino, Italy.


We describe a protocol for the ultrastructural detection of DNA-incorporated bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) in resin embedded tissue by means of post-embedding immunogold labeling. The paraventricular zone of rat embryos brains was dissected, fixed either in paraformaldehyde or glutaraldehyde, and embedded in LR White. BUdR gold labeling was only found when thin sections were pretreated with 4 N HCl. Other DNA denaturing agents, such as Na ethoxide, formamide, formic acid, heat or HCl at lower concentrations were ineffective. Very little difference in the degree of labeling was found depending on the fixation. This method can be applied to investigate the fine structure of replicating cells in other in vivo conditions, such as human tumors.

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