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J Histochem Cytochem. 1984 Nov;32(11):1185-91.

Ultrastructural localization of nucleic acids through several cytochemical techniques on osmium-fixed tissues: comparative evaluation of the different labelings.


Several cytochemical techniques, such as sodium tungstate, acid hydrolysis phosphotungstic acid (HAPTA), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), RNase-gold, and osmium-ammine, have been applied for the ultrastructural demonstration of nucleic acids on sections of tissues fixed in glutaraldehyde postfixed with osmium tetroxide and embedded in Epon. In order to obtain specific results, the sections had to be treated with sodium metaperiodate prior to performing the labeling protocol. The results for each method were identical to those obtained on nonosmicated tissues; the main difference being the enhancement in the ultrastructural preservation, which allowed for higher resolution. In addition to these techniques, and for comparative evaluations, DNA was also revealed by the DNase-gold approach on nonosmicated tissue sections. The consistency in the results, obtained over the nucleus with either EDTA or the RNase-gold complex for revealing RNA and those obtained with either osmium-ammine or DNase-gold for revealing DNA, supports the high specificity of the RNase-gold, DNase-gold, and osmium-ammine techniques. Furthermore, these results demonstrate the possibility of performing various cytochemical techniques on tissues processed for routine electron microscopy.

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