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Aclar discs: a versatile substrate for routine high-pressure freezing of mammalian cell monolayers.
Journal of Microscopy
High-pressure freezing avoids the artefacts induced by conventional chemical fixation, and, in combination with freeze-substitution and plastic embedding, is a reliable method for the ultrastructural analysis of mammalian cell monolayers. In order to high-pressure freeze mammalian cell monolayers, cells have to be seeded on a suitable substrate. Unfortunately, electron microscopy analysis is often hampered by poor cell growth, changes in cell morphology induced by the cell substrate or cell loss during processing. We report a method to culture, high-pressure freeze, freeze-substitute and plastic embed mammalian cell monolayers. The method is based on the use of Aclar, a copolymer film with properties very similar to those of tissue culture plastic. We show that Aclar discs support the normal growth and morphology of a wide variety of mammalian cell types, and form an ideal starting point for high-pressure freezing, freeze-substitution and plastic embedding. We present a complete protocol, which, because of its simplicity and reproducibility, provides a method suitable for the routine analysis of mammalian cell monolayers by electron microscopy and tomography.
Animals, Caco-2 Cells, Cryopreservation/instrumentation, Cryopreservation/methods, Freeze Substitution, HeLa Cells, Humans, Pressure
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