Electron microscopy for ultrastructural analysis and protein localization in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Fränkl, A., Muriel, M. & Reggiori, F., 12-Oct-2015, In : Microbial Cell. 2, 11, p. 412-428 17 p.

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The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a key model system for studying of a multitude of cellular processes because of its amenability to genetics, molecular biology and biochemical procedures. Ultrastructural examinations of this organism, though, are traditionally difficult because of the presence of a thick cell wall and the high density of cytoplasmic proteins. A series of recent methodological and technical developments, however, has revived interest in morphological analyses of yeast (e.g. 123). Here we present a review of established and new methods, from sample preparation to imaging, for the ultrastructural analysis of S. cerevisiae. We include information for the use of different fixation methods, embedding procedures, approaches for contrast enhancement, and sample visualization techniques, with references to successful examples. The goal of this review is to guide researchers that want to investigate a particular process at the ultrastructural level in yeast by aiding in the selection of the most appropriate approach to visualize a specific structure or subcellular compartment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-428
Number of pages17
JournalMicrobial Cell
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 12-Oct-2015


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