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Histochemistry. 1989;91(3):221-6.

Comparison of LR white resin, Lowicryl K4M and Epon postembedding procedures for immunogold staining of actin in the testis.

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Groupe d'Etude de la Formation et de la Maturation du Gamète Mâle, Laboratoire d'Histologie, Paris, France.


The efficiency of various postembedding procedures for actin immunogold detection was compared using testicular tissue as a model. Whatever the fixative, testes embedded in LR White resin or in Lowicryl K4M showed few differences as regard ultrastructural preservation and gave similar actin antigenicity preservation. A purified polyclonal antibody (IgG) and a monoclonal antibody (IgM) visualized with gold secondary antibody yielded high labeling intensity whereas the IgG-protein-A gold association was less efficient. Crude antisera gave a low specific staining/background ratio. Samples of testes, fixed in different conditions, were also embedded in Epon, omitting propylene oxide and lowering polymerization temperature to 40 degrees-50 degrees C. This slight modification improved ultrastructural preservation which was better than with hydrophilic resins, as well as made possible immunogold detection of actin though antigenicity preservation was lesser than with these resins. Thus, in Epon embedded samples actin labeling, using IgG antiactin-gold secondary antibody, was similar to that observed after hydrophilic resin-protein-A gold procedures. In addition to actin labeling of various somatic cells it was confirmed that actin is a consistent component of the subacrosomal space of spermatids during the greater part of spermiogenesis in rat.

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