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APMIS. 1997 Feb;105(2):139-49.

Immunoelectron microscopy on epoxy sections without deplasticizing to detect glomerular immunoglobulin and complement deposits in renal diseases.

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Department of Pathology, Ullevål Hospital, Oslo, Norway.


Twenty renal biopsies were studied by immunoelectron microscopy (IEM) after embedding in epoxy resin. Immunogold labeling for immunoglobulins and complement C3 was performed on the epoxy sections, which were not subjected to any kind of etching or deplasticizing prior to the immunolabeling. The concentration of accelerator, DMP-30 (Tri (Dimethyl Amino Methyl) Phenol), was increased in the infiltration and embedding steps far beyond the values normally used to make immunolabeling of these antigens possible on epoxy sections. The sections were stained with tannic acid accompanied by uranyl acetate and lead citrate. Immunofluorescence (IF) for light microscopy was carried out on frozen sections of parallel tissue samples. Some cases with IgA-nephritis demonstrated a higher sensitivity for IEM than IF, in the sense that smaller amounts of antigen were detectable with IEM. Ultrastructural preservation with this method was approximately the same as that usually seen on epoxy-embedded material. By combining excellent immunolabeling with nearly optimal ultrastructural morphology in one procedure, this method is useful particularly in situations where the material available is limited, such as in studies of renal biopsies. As far as we know, this is the first time that immunoglobulins have been satisfactorily immunolabeled on epoxy sections without etching or deplasticizing.

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