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Imaging Yeast NPCs: From Classical Electron Microscopy to Immuno-SEM

Kiseleva, Elena; Richardson, A. Christine; Fiserova, Jindriska; Strunov, Anton A.; Spink, Matthew C.; Johnson, Simeon R.; Goldberg, Martin W.

Authors

Elena Kiseleva

A. Christine Richardson

Jindriska Fiserova

Anton A. Strunov

Matthew C. Spink

Simeon R. Johnson



Abstract

Electron microscopy (EM) has been used extensively for the study of nuclear transport as well as the structure of the nuclear pore complex (NPC) and nuclear envelope. However, there are specific challenges faced when carrying out EM in one of the main model organisms used: the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These are due to the presence of a cell wall, vacuoles, and a densely packed cytoplasm which, for transmission EM (TEM), make fixation, embedding, and imaging difficult. These also present problems for scanning EM (SEM) because cell wall removal and isolation of nuclei can easily damage the relatively fragile NPCs. We present some of the protocols we use to prepare samples for TEM and SEM to provide information about yeast NPC ultrastructure and the location of nucleoporins and transport factors by immunogold labeling within that ultrastructure.

Citation

Kiseleva, E., Richardson, A. C., Fiserova, J., Strunov, A. A., Spink, M. C., Johnson, S. R., & Goldberg, M. W. (2014). Imaging Yeast NPCs: From Classical Electron Microscopy to Immuno-SEM. In Nuclear Pore Complexes and Nucleocytoplasmic Transport - Methods (59-79). Elsevier/Academic Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-417160-2.00003-5

Online Publication Date May 20, 2014
Publication Date 2014-05
Deposit Date Jun 6, 2014
Pages 59-79
Series Title Methods in cell biology
Series Number 122
Edition 1st ed.
Book Title Nuclear Pore Complexes and Nucleocytoplasmic Transport - Methods
ISBN 9780124171602
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-417160-2.00003-5