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Gold, silver, mercury and zinc bind chemically to sulphide or selenide ions and create crystal lattices that can be detected in histological sections by a silver amplification technique called autometallography (AMG). The technique specifically magnifies such nanometer-sized catalytic crystals. For each metal, a detailed protocol has been worked out. If(More)
We present a new technique that allows zinc ions in synaptic and secretory vesicles of biopsy and early autopsy material (< 2 hr post mortem) to be transformed to nanometer-sized zinc sulfide crystal lattices for subsequent autometallographic (AMG) development. Human brain biopsies, or other tissue samples containing zinc-enriched (ZEN) cells, are frozen in(More)
The silver amplification technique, autometallography, has been used to reveal silver accumulation in neurons in the hypothalamus of male Wistar-Kyoto rats. Silver penetrated the blood-brain barrier after exposure to silver nitrate, and differences in staining intensity were found between the hypothalamic nuclei. When using light microscopy, the silver(More)
A concept for three-dimensional computer-assisted reconstruction of tubular organs, e.g. the epididymis, is described. Histologic serial sections without artificial landmarks from the epididymis of the Wistar rat were aligned. Virtual images through the aligned sections served as a control of the alignment process and can reveal new information about the(More)
Zinc has been implicated as a contributing cause of the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but consensus on the zinc content of AD brains has not yet been established. In the present study, multi-element PIXE was used to measure zinc in cryostat sections of brain tissue from AD patients and from normal control subjects. Compared to their(More)
An in-vitro technique for autometallographic (AMG) demonstration of chelatable zinc in electroejaculated sperm cells and spermatozoa from the epididymis is presented and the localization of zinc ions in rat spermatozoa is described. Sperm cells from caput epididymis showed zinc staining in all parts of the tail and a sparse, dispersed staining in the(More)
A mapping at micrometer ranges of the partial oxygen pressure in the rat hippocampus was performed. The oxygen tension in the rat hippocampal region was measured using a glass oxygen microsensor in 30-microm steps along straight lines at a set of stereotactic coordinates. In the hippocampus the pattern of the oxygen tensions reflected the autometallographic(More)
BACKGROUND The prostate contains high amounts of free zinc ions which are excreted into the seminal fluid. The extra- and intracellular distribution of zinc ions using the highly specific autometallographical (AMG) method is described. METHODS Prostates from sulfide-perfused rats were excised, and the ZnS crystals were silver-enhanced to sizes detectable(More)
A recently described autometallographic technique, allowing demonstration of chelatable zinc in human biopsy material, was applied to cryostat sections from biopsies of human epididymis. Sections from the rat epididymis were used as control materials to examine the quality of the method compared with a previously used autometallographic method. The human(More)
A concept for the computer-assisted visualization of tubular organs is presented. Unmarked histological zinc-stained serial sections from the epididymis of the Wistar rat were aligned to demonstrate the concept. Virtual images were made through the aligned sections and served as controls for the alignment process. Animation of the serial sections and the(More)