High and low molecular weight tracers for the electron microscopical detection of sialoglycoconjugates

Virgil Mureşan, Nicolae Simionescu

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Hydrazide-derivative tracers of different molecular weights have been synthesized for use in the electron microscopical detection of sodium periodate-oxidized sialyl residues of glycoconjugates in various tissues and cells. Haemundecapeptide hydrazide, horseradish peroxidase hydrazide, and Limulus polyphemus haemocyanin hydrazide were obtained by coupling adipic acid dihydrazide to the tracers with the aid of water-soluble carbodiimide. The enzymatic tracers thus prepared retained their peroxidatic activity. On conversion to the hydrazide derivative, the haemocyanin molecule dissociated into its hexameric subunits. In order to test by transmission electron microscopy the ability of the conjugates to bind to the sialoglycoconjugates of endothelial cell surfaces, each tracer was perfused in situ into rat pancreatic vasculature previously oxidized with 1 mm sodium periodate. The three tracers characteristically labelled the various microdomains of the luminal cell coat of the capillary endothelial cell. The electron opacity of the haemocyanin subunits allowed their easy detection when bound to the cell surface or to components of the extracellular matrix. The bound markers were not displaced by a high ionic strength buffer, and did not label desialylated cell surfaces. These results indicate that the three hydrazide-derivative tracers may be useful tools for the electron microscopical detection of cellular and extracellular sialoglycoconjugates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-178
Number of pages9
JournalThe Histochemical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology


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