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Scanning Electron Microscopy for the Life Sciences

  • Highlights novel applications of SEM in cell and molecular biology, covering cryo, immuno and high resolution SEM
  • Instrumentation, sample preparation and imaging techniques are provided
  • Dissemination of specific knowledge based on individual experience with emphasis on benefits and pitfalls

Series: Advances in Microscopy and Microanalysis Volume: 1

By: Heide Schatten(Editor)

312 pages, 39 colour & 90 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2012 | #199712 | ISBN-13: 9780521195997
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Recent developments in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have resulted in a wealth of new applications for cell and molecular biology, as well as related biological disciplines. It is now possible to analyze macromolecular complexes within their three-dimensional cellular microenvironment in near native states at high resolution and to identify specific molecules and their structural and molecular interactions. New approaches include cryo-SEM applications and environmental SEM (ESEM), staining techniques and processing applications combining embedding and resin-extraction for imaging with high resolution SEM, and advances in immuno-labeling. New developments include helium ion microscopy, automated block-face imaging combined with serial sectioning inside an SEM chamber, and Focused Ion Beam Milling (FIB) combined with block-face SEM. With chapters written by experts, this guide gives an overview of SEM and sample processing for SEM and highlights several advances in cell and molecular biology that greatly benefited from using conventional, cryo, immuno and high-resolution SEM.


1. The role of Scanning Electron Microscopy in Cell and Molecular Biology: SEM basics, past accomplishments and new frontiers Heide Schatten
2. Corrosion casting technique Jerzy Walocha, Jan A. Litwin and Adam J. Miodon'ski
3. Revealing the internal structure of cells in three dimensions with scanning electron microscopy Sol Sepsenwol
4. Mitochondria form continuous intracellular network-structures visualized with high-resolution field-emission scanning electron microscopy T. Naguro, H. Nakane and S. Inaga
5. Chapter on 3-D reconstruction of cell organelles using STEM tomography Paul Walther
6. High resolution labeling for correlative microscopy Ralph Albrecht, Daryl A. Meyer and O.E. Olorundare
7. The use of SEM to explore virus structure and trafficking Jens M. Holl and Elizabeth R. Wright
8. High resolution scanning electron microscopy of the nuclear surface in Herpes Simplex Virus 1 infected cells Peter Wild, Andres Kaech, Miriam S. Lucas
9. Scanning electron microscopy of chromosomes: structural and analytical investigations Elizabeth Schroeder-Reiter and Gerhard Wanner
10. A method to visualize the microarchitecture of glycoprotein matrices with scanning electron microscopy Giuseppe Familiari, Rosemarie Heyn, Luciano Petruzziello and Michela Relucenti
11. Scanning electron microscopy of cerebellar intrinsic circuits Orlando J. Castejón
12. Application of in vivo cryotechnique to living animal organs examined by scanning electron microscopy Shinichi Ohno, Nobuo Terada, Nobuhiko Ohno and Yasuhisa Fujii
13. SEM in dental research Vladimir Dusevich, Jennifer R. Melander, J. David Eick
14. SEM, teeth and palaeoanthropology: the secret of ancient human diets Alejandro Romero and Joaquín De Juan.

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Heide Schatten is a Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her publications include advanced imaging methods, cellular and molecular biology, cancer biology, reproductive biology, microbiology and space biology. The latter included collaborations with NASA scientists and experiments aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to examine the effects of spaceflight on cytoskeletal organization during development. She has received numerous awards including grant awards from NASA, NIH and NSF. She has published over 185 papers, seven book chapters and edited several special topic journal issues and eight books with several more in progress.

- Heide Schatten
- Jerzy Walocha
- Jan A. Litwin
- Adam J. Miodon'ski
- Sol Sepsenwol
- T. Naguro
- H. Nakane
- S. Inaga
- Paul Walther
- Ralph Albrecht
- Daryl A. Meyer
- O. E. Olorundare
- Jens M. Holl
- Elizabeth R. Wright
- Peter Wild
- Andres Kaech
- Miriam S. Lucas
- Elizabeth Schroeder-Reiter
- Gerhard Wanner
- Giuseppe Familiari
- Rosemarie Heyn
- Luciano Petruzziello
- Michela Relucenti
- Orlando J. Castejón
- Shinichi Ohno
- Nobuo Terada
- Nobuhiko Ohno
- Yasuhisa Fujii
- Vladimir Dusevich
- Jennifer R. Melander
- J. David Eick
- Alejandro Romero
- Joaquín De Juan

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