An Innovative Triple Immunogold Labeling Method to Investigate the Hemopoietic Stem Cell NicheIn Situ Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThe ultrastructural study of rare cells within their nichein situis very difficult. We have developed a method for locating individual transplanted cells and simultaneously identifying and analyzing the molecules and cellular phenotypes surrounding themin situusing transmission electron microscopy. This innovative method involves triple immunogold labeling combined with serial ultrathin sectioning. We demonstrate the validity of this approach by examining the niche of individual transplanted cells from a population highly enriched for hemopoietic stem cells and the ultrastructural expression of two key stem cell regulatory molecules, hyaluronic acid and osteopontin. In addition, we describe the phenotypes of the surrounding cells.


  • Ellis, Sarah L
  • Williams, Brenda
  • Asquith, Stephen
  • Bertoncello, Ivan
  • Nilsson, Susan K

publication date

  • October 2009