Carmen Quintana

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Previous studies of the structure of core nanocrystals of ferritin (Ft) in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) have shown differences in the mineral compound in comparison with physiological Ft. Both Ft cores have a polyphasic composition but whereas the major phase in physiological Ft is hexagonal ferric iron oxide (ferrihydrite), the(More)
We studied the chromosome periphery in human HeLa and TG cells using cryomethods in electron microscopy. A contrasted layer of peripheral chromosomal material (PCM) was visible in cryo-ultrathin sections of mitotic cells. This PCM was composed of closely packed fibrils associated with granules. The PCM did not cover the entire chromosome surface but was(More)
Cryofixation, cryosubstitution and cryoembedding are a set of low-temperature methods for immunocytochemical and microanalytical ultrastructural studies. This review covers the theoretical and practical aspects of these cryomethods, simple, low-cost, safe devices that provide reproducible results and a summary of recent results. Sections prepared by these(More)
Tau-containing filaments purified from the brain of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) patients were isolated and characterized. These filaments co-purify with regular particles that biophysical and biochemical methods identified as ferritin shells. In vivo, brain tau accumulation in PSP co-localized with ferritin. These results suggest that ferritin/iron(More)
This paper reviews the most recent methodological advances in the field of biological imaging using dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). After a short reminder of the basic principle of SIMS imaging, the latest high-resolution dynamic SIMS equipment is briefly described. This new ion nanoprobe (CAMECA NanoSIMS 50) has a lateral resolution of less(More)
Structures of core nanocrystals of physiological (horse spleen, human liver, and brain) and pathological human brain of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) ferritin molecules were determined using electron nanodiffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The poly-phasic structure of the(More)
BACKGROUND The concentration of iron in the brain increases with aging. Furthermore, it has also been observed that patients suffering from neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson, Alzheimer...) accumulate iron in the brain regions affected by the disease. Nevertheless, it is still not clear whether this accumulation is the initial cause or a secondary(More)
The magnetic properties and the ultrastructure, with special emphasis on the nanometric range, of liver tissues in an iron overload rat model have been investigated. The tissues of the animals, sacrificed at different times after a single iron dextran injection, have been characterised by magnetic AC susceptibility measurements together with transmission(More)
Neurodegenerative diseases induce morphological and chemical alterations in well-characterized regions of the brain. Understanding their pathological processes requires the use of methods that assess both morphological and chemical alterations in the tissues. In the past, microprobe approaches such as scanning electron microscopy combined with an X-ray(More)
The aim of the present work is to gather new information on the ferritin molecule. Natural crystals of ferritin occurring in the yolk platelets of a mollusc oocyte were studied. Their crystallographic structure was found to be equivalent to one of the structures obtained by artificial crystallization (fcc; a = 15 nm). Individual ferritin particles isolated(More)