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Eur J Cell Biol. 1989 Oct;50(1):235-43.

In situ hybridization at the electron microscope level: an improved method for precise localization of ribosomal DNA and RNA.

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Laboratoire de Biologie cellulaire et tissulaire, Institut A. Swaen, Université de Liège, Belgium.


In situ hybridization using biotinylated rDNA probes and secondary antibody coupled to gold particles was developed on ultrathin sections of Lowicryl-embedded Ehrlich tumor cells for precise localization of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and ribosomal DNA (rDNA). For the detection of rDNA, an immunocytochemical approach involving an antibody against single-stranded DNA was used in order to determine the more efficient denaturation procedure. Using this technique, rDNA can be visualized in the fibrillar centers of nucleoli, especially in their peripheral regions at the proximity of both the dense fibrils and the nucleolar interstices as well as within the latter. rDNA was occasionally detected in some clumps of dense nucleolus-associated chromatin. Besides the presence of rRNA in the ribosome-rich cytoplasmic areas and in the dense fibrillar component and the granular component of the nucleolus, rRNA was also found in the fibrillar center areas close to the boundary region to the dense fibrillar component. These results are discussed in the light of the present knowledge on the functional organization of the nucleolus.

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