Rapid staining of ultrathin sections with the use of a microwave oven


Cavusoglu I., Kahveci Z., Sirmali S.

JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY-OXFORD, vol.192, pp.212-216, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 192
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1046/j.1365-2818.1998.00415.x
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY-OXFORD
  • Page Numbers: pp.212-216

Abstract

The microwave oven has many potential applications, ranging from tissue fixation to staining for light and electron microscopy. This study was planned to speed up the staining of ultrathin sections. The first set of grids was stained conventionally with uranyl acetate and Reynold's lead citrate solutions. The other grids were stained with the same solutions by microwave irradiation. The electron micrographs of grids stained using the microwave technique were as satisfactory as the grids stained conventionally Microwave-treated grids demonstrated more uniform staining and less precipitate. The use of a microwave oven shortened staining time by approximate to 38 min.