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Combined application of low temperature preparation and electron microscopic autoradiography for the localization of systemic fungicides

  • S. Hippe


The intracellular localization of the sterol-biosynthesis-inhibiting (SBI) fungicide (3H)triadimenol A is investigated in vitro in the fungus Ustilago avenae. For this purpose low temperature preparation techniques (shock freezing, freeze substitution, embedding in Lowicryl HM20) are combined with conventional electron microscopic (EM) autoradiography. In particular the suitability of Lowicryl HM20 embedded specimens for EM autoradiography with regard to the finestructure preservation is shown. For the localization of (3H)triadimenol the filamentous grain development as well as the application of the gold latensification method resulting in the appearance of spherical silver grains is tested. Fungicide sensitive wild type sporidia of U. avenae are compared with fungicide resistant cells of the mutant r8. A quantitative analysis of the autoradiographs of the wild type developed according to the gold latensification process shows a relatively homogeneous distribution of silver grains over the entire cell. On the other hand, the resistant mutant is characterized by an accumulation of silver deposits over the vacuoles as compared with the lower density of grains over the cell walls and cytoplasm. The data are discussed in the context of possible resistance mechanisms against SBI-fungicides.


Resistant Cell Resistant Mutant Intracellular Localization Preparation Technique Combine Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Hippe
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biology IllRheinisch-Westfälische-Technische HochschuleAachenGermany

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