RRC ID 948
Author Yamaguchi M, Biswas SK, Kita S, Aikawa E, Takeo K.
Title Electron microscopy of pathogenic yeasts Cryptococcus neoformans and Exophiala dermatitidis by high-pressure freezing.
Journal J Electron Microsc (Tokyo)
Abstract A high-pressure freezing method was used to observe the ultrastructure of pathogenic yeasts, Cryptococcus neoformans and Exophiala dermatitidis, after freeze-substitution and ultrathin sectioning. The method well preserved the cell structure in its natural state, since the capsule, cell wall, plasma membrane, nucleus, outer and inner nuclear membranes, nuclear pores, nucleolus, mitochondria, mitochondrial membrane and cristae, vacuoles, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, spindle pole body, ribosomes, lipid droplets, microtubules, actin filaments, and glycogen granules were clearly visible. The method was shown to freeze cells as deep as 0.1 mm by sectioning the sample perpendicular to specimen surface. The quality of the cell image was similar to that obtained by a rapid freezing method when compared using the same materials. Thus, high-pressure freezing would be useful for making serial ultrathin sections for three-dimensional analysis of cells, which should give basic information of structure and function of pathogenic yeast cells necessary for finding an effective therapy for mycoses.
Volume 51(1)
Pages 21-7
Published 2002
PMID 12003238
MeSH Cryopreservation / methods* Cryptococcus neoformans / pathogenicity Cryptococcus neoformans / ultrastructure* Exophiala / pathogenicity Exophiala / ultrastructure* Microscopy, Electron / methods*
Times Cited 14
Pathogenic microorganisms IFM 4833 IFM 4844 IFM 4847 IFM 5808 IFM 5844 IFM 40042 IFM 41482 IFM 41824