Presentation on theme: "Cryo-Preservation Rapid arrest of cellular components Avoidance of artifacts from chemical fixation Preserves sample in hydrated state Maintains structural."— Presentation transcript:
Cryo-Preservation Rapid arrest of cellular components Avoidance of artifacts from chemical fixation Preserves sample in hydrated state Maintains structural and cellular integrity Cellular domains are maintained (e.g. IMPs) Ice crystal formation can be avoided Sublimation (“etching”) used to remove excess water W Structures are ephemeral or events are rapid. W Structures are fixative sensitive. W Removal of water changes topography/morphology Why?
Disadvantages Specialized equipment required Freeze Damage Limited view of specimen or difficulty manipulating frozen material Hazards of using some cryogens
Equipment for Freezing DeviceFreezing depth ( cost DeviceFreezing depth ( m) cost Plunge freezer10-20.50 -50 Spray freezer10-2010-50 Slam freezer20-402K Propane Jet40 10K High Pressure50-100150K
Cryo Sample Preparation For TEM thin section Sample / holder are rapidly plunged into liquid propane kept at liquid nitrogen temperatures Propane / Freon / Ethanol LiquidNitrogen (-196 c)
Slam Freeze “Gentleman Jim” Liquid nitrogen container Sample holder
High pressure freezer Sample is placed in small hats with a cryogen (antifreeze) Placed in chamber and rapidly jet sprayed with ultra cold ethanol while simultaneously brought to high pressure. Sample then transferred to substitution fluid or cryoultramicrotomed.
TEM Plunge Freeze/ Freeze Substitution Frozen sample transferred to -80 o C substitution fluid (acetone or methanol, 4%OsO 4 ) Kept at -80 for 2 days, then gradual transition to warmer temps Acetone/methanol washes to remove OsO 4 Infiltration and embedding
Automated temperature controller for freeze substitution
Freeze-fractured replica of the alga Dunaniella
Conventional SEM Sample Prep 1. Aldehyde/Osmium 2. Dehydration in solvent 3. Critical point drying 4. Mounting and Coating Disadvantages: Time of preparation Not all components are preserved (e.g. carbohydrates, water) Possible collapse of structures Damage during mounting
SEM Plunge Freezing and Cryostage Specimen holder and transfer rod Nitrogen slushing and plunge station