Exercise 2.1 - Selective Staining: Prepared Slides

Exercise 2.1 - Selective Staining: Prepared Slides




  1. Obtain one of the prepared slides which has not been treated with an enzyme. Examine the slide carefully and draw a representative field of view.

  2. Select a corresponding enzyme treated section and draw a representative field. Note any structures present in the untreated slide which are absent in the enzyme treated slide.

Figure 2.4a Feulgen stained, Phase contrast, liver cells


Each preparation in this exercise has a control (untreated) and enzyme treated slide. Each pair should be examined and compared. The pairs represent a view of similar cells which have had something removed by enzymatic digestion. You should determine which structures were removed by the enzyme treatment. Figure 2.4a presents an image of feulgen stained liver cells (left) and a similar section (right) stained identically, but pretreated with the enzyme DNAase. There are prominent nuclei present before DNAase treatment, but they are absent after treatment with the enzyme. Thus, the conclusion that nuclei contain significant amounts of DNA.

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Cell Biology Laboratory Manual
Dr. William H. Heidcamp, Biology Department, Gustavus Adolphus College,
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