, Volume 91, Issue 6, pp 527–530 | Cite as

Variability in gold bead density in cells

Quantitative immunocytochemistry
  • I. Hammel
  • M. Elmalek
  • M. Castel
  • M. Kalina


Variability in gold bead distribution between individual cells was demonstrated in both pituitary melanotrophic cells immunocytochemically reacted for ACTH and in neurohypophysia terminals reacted for oxytocin-neurophysin. Gold beads were confined to the secretory granules compartment of both tissues. Density of gold beads in melanotrophic cells reacted for ACTH varied from 100–480 gold beads/μm2. A much narrower range of gold beads distribution (460–900 gold beads/μm2) was observed in axons of the neurohypophysis reacted with anti-oxytocin-neurophysin. These results indicate that the labeling density varies from cell to cell (as well as axon terminals) within morphologically homogeneous population. Thus, it may reflect certain physiological differences between cells. A suggestion is being made that mean gold bead density coefficient of variation should be calculated by comparison between individual cells.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Hammel
    • 1
  • M. Elmalek
    • 1
  • M. Castel
    • 3
  • M. Kalina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Sackler School o MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Histology and Cell Biology, Sackler School o MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Department of experimental ZoologyThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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