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1 Microscopy and Specimen Preparation BIO3124 Lecture #2

2 Objectives and reading Reading: Ch.2 1. Principles of optical resolution of microorganisms –Optical behaviour of light –Detection, magnification and resolution –How to increase resolution Optical parameters Increasing contrast 2. Microscopic systems and their applications –Bright field –Dark field –Phase contrast –Fluorescence and Confocal –EM –Scanning Probe (AFM, STM)

3 Optical behavior of light Interaction of light with objectsInteraction of light with objects –Absorption: object will appear dark –Reflection –Refraction: basis for magnification –Scattering: when size of object is close to the wavelength of light Principle: to be resolved the wavelength should be smaller than the size of object

4 Detection, Magnification and Resolution Definitions Optical systems: detect, magnify, resolve –Eye, simple lens, microscopes – Use electromagnetic radiation, eg. visible light, laser or electron beam Detection: ability to determine the existence of an object Resolution: ability of an optical system to distinguish two small close objects –Human eyes limit of resolution is 150 µm Magnification: ability to increase the apparent size of the image of an object

5 Observing Microbes Microscope needed to see smaller objects –Eukaryotic microbes Protozoa, algae, fungi 10–100  m –Prokaryotes Bacteria, Archaea 0.2–10  m –Viruses  m 10  m Lactobacillus lactis Amoeba proteus Poliovirus

6 Magnification Microscopes: Magnify image to match the limit of resolution of eye retina ie. 150 um Magnification’s contribution to resolution is limited Distortion due to light wave interference Empty magnification: magnification that does not improve resolution Magnification is due to refraction Refraction: light is refracted (bent) at the varying density interfaces Light travels slower, waves compressed (higher frequency) Depends on refractive index of object

7 Lenses and the bending of light Refractive index (RI) –how greatly a substance slows the velocity of light Direction/magnitude of bending depends on the RI A lens behaves like a prism Incident angle Normal Refracted angle

8 Refraction and Magnification  Image forms at crossing refracted light originated from the object  Magnification ratio depends on the position of object with respect to the lens Watch tutorial

9 Summary: optic principles

10 Light Microscopes  Compound microscopes –image formed by action of  2 lenses  Bright-field microscope  Dark-field microscope  Phase-contrast microscope  Fluorescence microscope

11 The Bright-Field Microscope Dark image against a brighter bkg Several objective lenses Parfocal: stays focused when objectives changed total magnification (max 1000-fold) – product of the magnifications of the ocularrlenses and the objective lenses

12 Microscope Resolution Optical parameters affecting resolution Shortest distance resolved by an optic system (d) is expressed by: Abbe equation: d=0.5λ/n.sinθ λ= wavelength, n= refractive index, θ= angle of apreture –shorter wavelength  greater resolution –Numerical aperture: NA= n.sinθ –Smaller d value = more powerful optic system

13 working distance — distance between the front surface of lens and surface of coverslip or specimen when it is in sharp focus Microscope Resolution Reducing the d value (higher resolution) means increasing the θ,

14 Microscope Resolution Effect of refractive index: NA= n.sinθ

15 The Dark-Field Microscope Image is formed by light reflected or refracted by specimen Interference by the bkg light eliminated produces a bright image against a dark bkg to observe living, unstained preparations –For eucaryotes has been used to observe internal structures –For procaryotes has been used to identify bacteria such as Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis

16 Dark field microscopy: Light path Spider Light stop: produce annular ring of light, no light from the centre enters objective only light passing through object enters the objective lens bkg stays dark, specimen shines

17 Dark field microscopy Example of an insect larva examined in a dark field microscope

18 The Phase-Contrast Microscope  first described in 1934 by Dutch physicist Frits Zernike  enhances the contrast btw intracellular structures that have slight differences in their refractive indices  excellent tool to observe living cells –bacterial components such as endospores and inclusion bodies –Eukaryotic organelles Frits Zernike ( )

19 Optics of Phase Contrast Microscopes

20 Phase contrast image of HeLa cells HeLa cells Reza Nokhbeh

21 Phase contrast microscopy P.aeruginosa Sporulating bacterium Contrast between spores and Vegetative forms Paramecium Intracellular organelles contrasted

22 The Fluorescence Microscopy specimens usually stained with antibodies tagged with a fluorophore Excitation light: ultraviolet, violet, or blue light activates fluorophore tagged cells Emission light: longer wavelength, enters objective bright image of the object resulting from the fluorescent light emitted by the specimen Applications: medical microbiology and molecular biology

23 The Fluorescence Microscope

24 Excitation and Emission lights

25 Poliovirus interferes with the integrity of SiRNA centres Poliovirus infected HeLa T4 cells Reza Nokhbeh Infected  GW bodies disintegrate as the result of Poliovirus infection  virus and GW bodies are stained with fluorochrome conjugated specific antibodies

26 Electron Microscopy Ernst Ruska and Max Hall in Germany finished the first prototype in 1931 Eli Franklin Burton ( ) and his students, James Hillier, Cecil Hall and Albert Prebus, built the first functional EM in 1938 at Toronto university Louis de Broglie’s principle that electron particles also have electromagnetic (wave) property accelerated electronic beam in microscopy would enhance resolution, why? James Hillier ( )

27  wavelength of electron beam is much shorter (0.005 nm or 5 A˚) than light, i.e. much higher resolution  Magnification is 100,000 to 200,000  Resolution approaches 0.5 nm, ie about 1000-fold higher than light microscopes Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

28 Principles of light microscopy applies to TEM Thermionic Electron Gun ~300 Kev monochromatic beam

29 The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) uses electrons scattered from the surface of a specimen to create image produces a 3-dimensional image of specimen’s surface features

30 Examples of TEM and SEM micrographs P. acens lytic phage TEM, 150,000x R. Nokhbeh, J. Trifkovic

31 New Techniques in Microscopy  Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and scanning probe microscopy  have extremely high resolution  Expanded the resolution to molecular and atomic levels i.e A

32 Confocal Microscopy Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM)  laser beam used to illuminate a variety of planes in the specimen, exciting fluorophore  computer compiles images to generate 3D image  used extensively to observe biofilms  Also used in studying the sub-cellular structures  Light is only gathered from the plane of focus

33 Confocal scanning laser microscope blurring does not happen since signal is gathered by scanning a thin layer of specimen, plane of focus, at each round


35 Scanning Probe Microscopy Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) –Vertical movement of probe is followed by a laser beam –probes surfaces that are not charged

36 Atomic Force Microscope Membrane integral aquaporin protein captured by AFM α-synuclein protein fibers. Misfolded fibers are incolved in Parkinson disease Human mitotic chromosome spread

37 Scanning Probe Microscopy Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) Measures the surface features of specimen by moving a sharp probe over the surface –steady current (tunneling current) maintained between microscope probe and specimen –up and down movement of probe as it maintains current is detected and used to create image of surface of specimen – Magnification: 100 million times, capable of detecting the surface atoms

38 Scanning Tunneling Microscope DNA double helix Atoms of MoS2, the bright spots are S atoms Silicon surface atoms enlarged 20 million times individual surface atoms and the bonds that hold them in place

39 Preparation and Staining of Specimens  Staining techniques are applied to increase the contrast  increases visibility using bright field microscopes  accentuates specific morphological features  preserves specimen (due to fixation)

40 Fixation  preserves internal and external structures and stabilizes them in position  organisms usually killed and firmly attached to microscope slide heat fixation – routinely used in procaryotes, preserves overall morphology but not internal structures chemical fixation – used for larger, more delicate organisms  protects fine cellular substructure and morphology

41 Dyes  Dyes Ionizable dyes have charged groups Cationic (basic) : Cationic (basic) : Positively charged. –e.g. Methylene blue, Crystal violet, Safranine, Malachite green. Anionic (acidic): Anionic (acidic): Negatively charged –e.g. Nigrosin black, Indigo ink.

42 Simple and Differential staining  Simple staining –a single stain is used –use can determine size, shape and arrangement of bacteria  Differential staining divides microorganisms into groups based on their staining properties –e.g., Gram staining –e.g., acid-fast staining

43 Staining Specimen staining.Positive staining: Specimen staining.

44 Staining (Contd) Negative staining:Negative staining: –Background staining, not the specimen.

45 Methods Simple Staining Simple Staining : One type of stain. Cationic or Anionic stains. Able to determine the size, shape and the arrangment of bacteria.

46 Different Cell Morphologies Coccus:Coccus: –Sphere –3 planes of division –Plane of division produces different arrangements of cells. –Typical arrangements for different bacterial types. Bacillus:Bacillus: –Rods –One plane of division

47 Cocci Diplococcus Streptococcus (4-20) Tetrad Staphylococcus Division axes

48 Bacilli (Bacillus) Diplobacilli Streptobacilli

49 Other Cellular Forms Curved rods (coccobacillus) Vibrio cholerae Spirals Spirochetes

50 Differential Staining Techniques: Gram Staining Bacteria divided into two groups: Gram Negatives: stain red Gram Negatives: stain red –Bacilli: –Bacilli: Escherichia, Salmonella, Proteus, etc. –Cocci: –Cocci: Neisseria and Pneumococcus. Gram Positives: stain blue/purple Gram Positives: stain blue/purple –Bacilli: –Bacilli: Bacteria from the genera of Bacillus and Clostridium –Coccus: –Coccus: Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Micrococcus

51 Mechanism of Gram staining 1.Unstained 2.Crystal violet 3.Iodine 4.Destained (EtOH) 5.Safranin

52 Gram negative Gram positive Typical examples of Gram staining reuslts

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