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Highlights from Materials Applications


An Examination of the Surface and Sub-Surface of Modern and Historical Platinum Photographic Prints Using Low Vacuum High-Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy by Patrick Ravines, N Erdman, and R McElroy, Microsc Microanl 22 (2016) 857–64


Photographic prints of platinum metal on paper supports, produced from about 1890 to the 1920s, are some of the most exquisite and expressive in fi ne art photography, and platinum/ palladium printing remains as one of the most expressive media in use today. T e chemical and material nature of these valuable prints is of great interest to those interested in their long-term preservation, in the intersection of science and art, and in the scientifi c/technical study of cultural heritage. A nineteenth-century print by the Smith Curry Studio and a 2005 palladium/platinum print prepared using Bostick and Sullivan chemical solutions were compared to determine platinum nanoparticle distribution. Low vacuum scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) of the surface and sub-surface of argon plasma prepared cross sections showed that the nineteenth-century print is composed of platinum nanoparticles embedded in the upper layers of the paper’s cellulosic fi bers. T e greatest number of particles was immediately beneath the surface in the primary wall and deep within paper fi bers up to a depth of 10 μ m. T e bulk of image particles deposit directly beneath the fi ber’s surface in the primary wall, between the primary wall and outer secondary wall, and between other more internal walls.


Biological Applications


Visualizing Quantum Dot Labeled ORAI1 Proteins in Intact Cells via Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy by DB Peckys, D Alansary, BA Niemeyer, and N de Jonge, Microsc Microanal 22 (2016) 902–12


ORAI1 proteins are ion channel subunits that are the essential pore-forming units of the calcium release activated calcium (CRAC) channel complex essential for T cell activation and other cellular processes. While these proteins are synthesized as monomers, they assemble into multimeric complexes to form active hexameric channels. But these structures have never been observed directly in the intact plasma membrane of a whole cell. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) was used in combination with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) to image plasma-membrane- expressed ORAI1 proteins in whole Jurkat T cells in the liquid state. For visualization of individual protein positions, streptavidin coated quantum dots (QDs) were coupled to the proteins via an extracellular human infl uenza hemagglutinin (HA)‐tag cloned into the protein. T e schematic model shows the individual QD label positions, from which the cluster formation was analyzed. From data analysis of cells that also contained unlabeled endogenous protein, it followed that labeled ORAI1 was present in hexamers in a small fraction only and resided mostly in monomers and dimers.


54 doi: 10.1017/S1551929516001073


Backscattered electron image of a photographic print cross section prepared using argon ion plasma showing the internal distribution of the Pt image nano-particles. In this sample Pt particle size is below 50 nm.


Schematic model of the coupling of two QDs to an ORAI1 dimer. Individual ORAI1 proteins in the intact plasma membrane of whole cells were imaged in the liquid-phase, which provided information on the location of the QD labels attached to ORAI1 proteins.


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