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High resolution scanning force microscope (SFM) images of fibrinogen-exposed platelet membranes are presented. Using ultrasharp carbon tips, we are able to obtain submolecular scale resolution of membrane surface features. Corroboration of SFM results is achieved using low voltage, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (LVHRSEM) to image the same(More)
18 nm colloidal gold-antitubulin and 4 nm colloidal gold-antitubulin were used to label microtubules in adherent, fully spread platelets. Both sizes of marker effectively labelled microtubules in the partially extracted platelets. However only the 4 nm gold penetrated the dense microfilament matrix of the inner filamentous zone so that portions of(More)
Fibrinogen binding to alpha IIb beta 3 on adherent, spread platelets triggers active, cytoskeletally-directed redistribution of fibrinogen/alpha IIb beta 3 complexes on the platelet surface. Gold-conjugated fibrinogen, unlabeled, soluble fibrinogen, and individual fibrinogen molecules have been demonstrated to trigger receptor redistribution. Here we(More)
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), especially low-voltage (1 KeV) high-resolution SEM, can be used in conjunction with stereo pair high-voltage (1 MeV) transmission electron microscopy (HVEM) of whole spread cells or thick sections effectively to correlate surface structure with internal structure. Surface features such as microvilli, pits, pseudopodia,(More)
Binding of fibrinogen to receptors on the surfaces of activated platelets triggers movement of the ligand-bound receptors. In this study this process was followed by using native and colloidal gold-labeled fibrinogen. Both labeled and unlabeled proteins on platelet surfaces could be visualized by low-voltage, high-resolution scanning electron microscopy.(More)
Correlative video-enhanced light microscopy, high-voltage transmission electron microscopy, and low-voltage high resolution scanning electron microscopy were used to examine the binding of colloidal gold-labeled fibrinogen to platelet surfaces. Optimal conditions for the detection of large (18 nm) and small (3 nm) gold particles are described.
The labeling of target proteins by immunogold particles has been analyzed based on Einstein's law of Brownian motion. The theory was confirmed from the experiments which employed antifibrinogen gold markers to label fibrinogen molecules adsorbed on the polyethylene surface. The theory predicts that the degree of labeling depends on the concentration of gold(More)