[Histonet] Thermal polymerisation of LR gold resin for electron microscopy
Does anyone have a method for the thermal polymerisation of LR gold resin
for electron microscopy?
I am trying to produce blocks of cultured cell pellets fixed in para/glut,
post fixed in Osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in ethanol, infiltrated with the
resin and cured.
I have tried polymerisation using light with mixed results - non osmium
treated blocks polymerise okay and are just about suitable for sectioning.
However, osmium treated blocks will only polymerise down as far as the cell
pellet (I understand that the dark colour absorbs light and therefore
interferes with the polymerisation). I have tried to keep exposure to oxygen
during polymerisation to a minimum by using closed BEEM capsules or snap fit
gelatin capsules. I would therefore like to try the more classical thermal
polymerisation at +60°C.
The problem is that when I add the initiator (benzoyl peroxide) to the pure
resin I end up with a solid mass of resin even before the peroxide is fully
dissolved, at room temperature -so i can't use it on my samples.
If anyone can help me out with a protocol that will ensure the resin only
polymerises quickly when at heated to +60°C it would be very much
Many thanks for your time,
Dr. Peter Bannister,
Thrombosis Research Institute,
Emmanuel Kaye Building,
London SW3 6LR. UK.
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