Applications of Microscopy to Genetic Therapy of Cystic Fibrosis and Other Human Diseases

  • Thomas O. Moninger
  • Randy A. Nessler
  • Kenneth C. Moore
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 319)


Gene therapy has become an extremely important and active field of biomedical research. Microscopy is an integral component of this effort. This chapter presents an overview of imaging techniques used in our facility in support of cystic fibrosis gene therapy research. Instrumentation used in these studies includes light and confocal microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Techniques outlined include negative staining, cryo-electron microscopy, three-dimentional reconstruction, enzyme cytochemistry, immunocytochemistry, and fluorescence imaging.

Key Words

Gene therapy gene transfer vectors light microscopy confocal microscopy electron microscopy cystic fibrosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas O. Moninger
    • 1
  • Randy A. Nessler
    • 2
  • Kenneth C. Moore
    • 3
  1. 1.Central Microscopy Research Facility and Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa City
  2. 2.Central Microscopy Research Facility and Department of PediatricsUniversity of IowaIowa City
  3. 3.Central Microscopy Research FacilityUniversity of IowaIowa City

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