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Imaging of human meiotic chromosomes by scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM)


Liebe,  Bodo
Max Planck Society;


Scherthan,  Harry
Dept. of Human Molecular Genetics (Head: Hans-Hilger Ropers), Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Max Planck Society;

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Hausmann, M., Liebe, B., Perner, B., Jerratsch, M., Greulich, K.-O., & Scherthan, H. (2003). Imaging of human meiotic chromosomes by scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). Micron, 34(8), 441-447. doi:10.1016/S0968-4328(03)00021-0.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-8B0B-1
Centromeres and telomeres are key structures of mitotic and meiotic chromosomes. Especially telomeres develop particular structural properties at meiosis. Here, we investigated the feasibility of scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) for light-microscopic imaging of meiotic telomeres in the sub-hundred nanometer resolution regime. SNOM was applied to visualise the synaptonemal complex (SC) and telomere proteins (TRF1, TRF2) after differential immuno-fluorescent labelling. We tested and compared two different preparation protocols for their applicability in a SNOM setting using micro-fabricated silicon nitride aperture tips. Protocol I consisted of differential labelling of meiotic chromosome cores (SC) by SCP3 immuno-fluorescence and telomeres by TRF1 or TRF2 immuno-fluorescence, while protocol II combined absorption labelling with alkaline phosphatase substrates of cores with fluorescent labelling of telomeres. The results obtained indicate that protocol I reveals a better visualisation of structural (topographic) details than protocol II. By means of SNOM, meiotic chromosome cores could be visualised at a resolution overtopping that of far-field light microscopy.