This Application Note describes the preparation method "Electron Microscopy of high pressure frozen and freeze substituted Arabidopsisthaliana root tips cells" using Leica EM AFS2.
Arabidopsis thaliana roots (mutant PIN1pro:PIN1-GFP;bex5-1) were excised, immersed in 20% (w/v) BSA and frozen immediately in a high-pressure freezer (EM PACT; Leica Microsystems, Vienna, Austria).
Freeze substitution was carried out using a Leica EM AFS2 (Leica Microsystems) in dry acetone containing 1% ddH2O, 1% OsO4 and 0.5% glutaraldehyde over a 4-days period as follows:
-90°C for 24 hours, 2°C per hour increase for 15 hours, -60°C for 24 hours, 2°C per hour increase for 15 hours, and -30°C for 24 hours. Samples were then washed 3 times in pure acetone between -30°C and 0°C and slowly warmed up to 4°C, infiltrated stepwise over 3 days at 4°C in Spurr’s resin and embedded in capsules. The polymerization was performed at 70 °C for 16 h.
Ultrathin sections were made using an ultramicrotome (Leica EM UC6) and post-stained in in a Leica EM AC20 for 40 min in uranyl acetate at 20 °C and for 10 min in lead citrate at 20 °C. Grids were viewed with a JEM 1010 transmission electron microscope (JEOL, Tokyo, Japan) operating at 80 kV using Image Plate Technology from Ditabis (Pforzheim, Germany).
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