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Transmission electron micrograph of Drosophila nephrocyte garland cell. Wild-type garland cells display extensive tubulo-vesicular and vacuolar profiles of endosomal compartments, including electron-lucent alpha vacuoles akin to early endosomes in the cell cortex, and electron-dense beta vacuoles that represent late endosomes more centrally. The largest vacuoles in wild type are 2 microns in diameter and all vacuoles contain a single aggregate of electron-dense granular material that appears to be attached to the limiting membrane. Samples for TEM were fixed for 1 h at 4°C in 2% paraformaldehyde, 2% glutaraldehyde, and 1% tannic acid in 0.1 M cacodylic acid buffer, pH 7.2. Then, the samples were postfixed in 1% OsO4 in 0.1 M cacodylic acid buffer, pH 7.2, for 1 h at room temperature, stained en bloc with 1% uranyl acetate, dehydrated in a grade series of ethanol and propylene oxide, and embedded in epon resin (Electron Microscopy Sciences). Blocks were sectioned in an ultramicrotome (RMC Products) at ∼70-nm thickness with a Delaware Diamond knife and post-stained for 1 h in Reynolds lead citrate and uranyl acetate. Electron micrographs were taken on a transmission electron microscope (H-7500; Hitachi) using an AMT camera system. Mag: 5000x. Image corresponds to Figure 2B, left WT panel in Kim et al. J Cell Biol. 188: 717-734. 2010. A high magnification view of this region is in CIL# 13471.

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Drosophila melanogaster
Cell Type
garland cell
Cellular Component
early endosome
late endosome
Biological Context
Biological Process
Sungsu Kim
Yogesh P. Wairkar
Richard W. Daniels
Aaron DiAntonio
J Cell Biol. 188: 717-734. 2010
PMID: 20194640
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Image Type
recorded image
charge coupled device (CCD)
Image Mode
transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Parameters Imaged
electron density
Source of Contrast
differences in adsorption or binding of stain
Visualization Methods
uranyl salt
lead salt
osmium tetroxide
Data Qualifiers
raw, unprocessed data
Spatial Axis Image Size Pixel Size
X 1024px ——
Y 1184px ——