Correlative Cathodoluminescence Electron Microscopy: Immunolabeling Using Rare‐Earth Element Doped Nanoparticles
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The understanding of living systems and their building blocks relies on the assessment of structure–function relationships at the nanoscale. Although electron microscopy (EM) gives access to ultrastructural imaging with nanometric resolution, the unambiguous localization of specific molecules is challenging. An EM approach capable of localizing biomolecules with respect to the cellular ultrastructure will offer a direct route to the molecular blueprints of biological systems. In an approach departing from conventional correlative imaging, an electron beam may be used as excitation source to generate optical emission with nanometric resolution, that is, cathodoluminescence (CL). Once suitable luminescent labels become available, CL may be harnessed to enable identification of biomolecule labels based on spectral signatures rather than electron density and size. This work presents CL‐enabled immunolabeling based on rare‐earth element doped nanoparticle‐labels allowing specific molecules to be visualized at nanoscale resolution in the context of the cellular ultrastructure. Folic acid decorated nanoparticles exhibiting single particle CL emission are employed to specifically label receptors and identify characteristic receptor clustering on the surface of cancer cells. This demonstration of CL immunotargeting gives access to protein localization in the context of the cellular ultrastructure and paves the way for immunolabeling of multiple proteins in EM. Show more
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Subjectimmunogold labeling; immunotargeting; nanocrystals; super resolution microscopy; ultrastructure
Organisational unit09675 - Herrmann, Inge Katrin / Herrmann, Inge Katrin
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