An Easy Path for Correlative Electron and Super-Resolution Light Microscopy

Dorothea Pinotsi, Simona Rodighiero, Silvia Campioni, Gabor Csucs

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A number of new Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy approaches have been developed over the past years, offering the opportunity to combine the specificity and bio-compatibility of light microscopy with the high resolution achieved in electron microscopy. More recently, these approaches have taken one step further and also super-resolution light microscopy was combined with transmission or scanning electron microscopy. This combination usually requires moving the specimen between different imaging systems, an expensive set-up and relatively complicated imaging workflows. Here we present a way to overcome these difficulties by exploiting a commercially available wide-field fluorescence microscope integrated in the specimen chamber of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to perform correlative LM/EM studies. Super-resolution light microscopy was achieved by using a recently developed algorithm - the Super-Resolution Radial Fluctuations (SRRF) - to improve the resolution of diffraction limited fluorescent images. With this combination of hardware/software it is possible to obtain correlative super-resolution light and scanning electron microscopy images in an easy and fast way. The imaging workflow is described and demonstrated on fluorescently labelled amyloid fibrils, fibrillar protein aggregates linked to the onset of multiple neurodegenerative diseases, revealing information about their polymorphism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15526
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019

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