, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 563–575 | Cite as

Post-embedding staining of rat gastric mucous cells with lectins

  • S. Suzuki
  • S. Tsuyama
  • F. Murata


The mucous cells of the rat stomach were stained with lectins by two post-embedding staining methods for electron microscopy. The mucous granules of surface mucous cells and foveolar mucous cells were stained weakly by Ricinus communis agglutinin-ferritin and wheat germ agglutinin-ferritin. The mucous granules of mucous neck cells were stained by concanavalin A-ferritin, Ricinus communis agglutinin-ferritin and wheat germ agglutinin-ferritin. The mucous granules of pyloric gland cells showed an affinity for wheat germ agglutinin-ferritin and concanavalin A-ferritin, while Ricinuscommunis agglutinin-ferritin only slightly stained the granules. The granules of mucous neck cells and pyloric gland cells were also stained by the concanavalin A-horseradish peroxidase-colloidal gold method, but the granules of surface and foveolar mucous cells were not stained by this method. Periodic acid oxidation of the sections before the standard concanavalin A-ferritin procedure enhanced the staining of the granules of mucous neck cells and pyloric gland cells slightly. Reduction of the sections after the periodic acid oxidation weakened the staining. Similar results were obtained using the concanavalin A-horseradish peroxidase-colloidal gold method. Though the staining with Ricinus communis agglutinin-ferritin was inhibited by periodic acid oxidation of the sections before staining, the staining with wheat germ agglutinin-ferritin was not inhibited by the oxidation. It is suggested that the paradoxical staining is closely related to the position of the concanavalin A-binding sugar residues in the carbohydrate chains.


Gold Sugar Electron Microscopy Carbohydrate Staining Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Suzuki
    • 1
  • S. Tsuyama
    • 1
  • F. Murata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyKagoshima University School of MedicineKagoshimaJapan

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