The IMRB imaging facility provides expert guidance and support to IMRB staff and to external users for histology and microscopy, from the sample preparation to the image acquisition.
The IMRB imaging facility have been certified ISO 9001 since April 2014. This certification guarantees a set of requirements concerning the quality management in the facility. This will facilitate industrial partnerships.
The facility provides all the equipment needed from the sample preparation for histology to observation in microscopy.
The IMRB imaging facility provides two services:
1) Sample preparation
2) Optic microscopy
1) Sample preparation department
This department includes equipment for:
a) Option microscopy preparation;
b) Electron microscopy preparation
a) Option microscopy preparation
The IMRB imaging facility provides either an all-inclusive service (from the sample preparation to the sectioning) or a do it yourself service (after a training provided by the IMRB imaging facility staff). Booking is achieved at obm.inserm.fr.
The tissue sample fixation must be done with formol. The sample size must not exceed 4mm in thickness by 2cm in width by 2,5cm in length.
The preparation begins with the dehydration and paraffin infiltration of the samples. These steps are performed by a Milestone Logos automaton to obtain the best impregnation. Then the samples are embedded in paraffin on a Thermo Scientific HistoStar station.
From left to right: impregnating PLC Logos, paraffin fountain HistoStar, microtome Shandon Finesse
3 to 30µm sections are obtained with a manual microtome Shandon Finesse 325. They can be can be recovered on Super-Frost+ microscope slides (for immuno-chemistry stainings), or on untreated microscope slides (for ulterior histological stainings). There is also a freezing plate Histostar to cool down the paraffin embedded samples and a heating plate to smooth the section. The IMRB imaging facility also provides a Leica CM3050S cryo-microtome allowing frozen sectioning at -40°C and from 5 to 100µm thichkness.
From left to right: Microtome Finesse and cold plate, cryo-microtome.
Sections can be stain with Mayer’s hemalun and eosin. Nucleus appears in purple and the cytoplasm in pink. The most common histological stainings are also available upon request.
b) Electron microscopy preparation
The facility achieve also all operations to obtain grids for Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
-Chemical fixation and EPON Resin embedding
As the chemichal fixation is performed with glutaraldehyde. The tissue sample size MUST BE less than 1mm x 1mm x 1mm. Prior to the resin embedding process, the samples are exposed to a second fixative: Osmium tetroxyde.
2µm-sections are then stained with a mixture of Azure II/methylene blue allowing the selection of a region of interest to complete ultra-thin sections.
-Grid production for TEM
3 or 4 sections from 60 to 150 nm thick are set on a copper grid. After staining with uranyle acetate/lead citrate, the grids are ready for observation.
EPON resin blocks containing different fabrics appearing in black
Observations are performed on a transmission electron microscope JEOL 100CXII at the LISA microscopy facility. To do so, please contact Patrick Ausset (Patrick.Ausset@lisa.u-pec.fr). http://www.lisa.univ-paris12.fr/fr/instruments/33-analytical-instruments-laboratory/117-microscopes
2) Optical Microscopy Department
The optic microscopy department is dedicated to microscopy imaging of histological or fluorescent sample.
Several microscopes are available:
a) Axioplan 2 microscope
b) AxioImager M2 microscope
c) LSM 900 confocal microscope
d) Inverted microscope AxioVert A1
The Axioplan 2 is dedicated to histology imaging. The setting includes a large scale of magnification thank to several objectives (Plan-NeoFluar x5/0,16, Acroplan x10/0,25, x20/0,45. Plan-Neofluar x40/0,75, x63/1,25 oil immersion) and a Zeiss Mrc camera allowing the image acquisitions through the Zeiss Zen 2012 software.
The AxioImager M2 is dedicated to fluorescence imaging. The setting includes 4 fluorescence cubes (DAPI, A488/FITC, A547/TRITC, To-Pro3/Cy5) for the most used fluorescent molecules in biology research, 4 different objectives (Acroplan x10/0,25, x20/0,45, Plan-Neofluar x40/0,75) and a monochrome Zeiss Mrm camera allowing the image acquisitions through the Zeiss Zen 2012 software.
c) A confocal microscope LSM 900 Airyscan 2 :
The confocal is installed on a Zeiss Axio Observer 7 inverted microscope and is equipped with a motorized stage and a thermostatically controlled chamber. The LASER diodes (405 nm, 488 nm, 561 nm, 638 nm) make it possible to cover a wide range of fluorescent molecules used in biology. This system allows the study of the distribution of fluorescent markers, collocation, spectral analysis (separation of fluorescence spectra) and applications in living cells (video-microscopy, FRAP) as well as an approach for super-resolution”.
d) Inverted microscope AxioVert A1 :
The inverted microscope is dedicated to the phase and color acquisition of cells on several types of media. It is equipped with a Zeiss Axiocam 105 color camera and a series of long working distance objectives (LD A-Plan 5x/0.15 Ph1, LD A-Plan 10x/0.25 Ph1, LD A-Plan 20x/0.35 Ph1, LD A-Plan 40x/0.55 Ph1). Acquisitions are made with the Zeiss Zen 2012 software.
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