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Title: Imaging trace element distributions in single organelles and subcellular features

The distributions of chemical elements within cells are of prime importance in a wide range of basic and applied biochemical research. An example is the role of the subcellular Zn distribution in Zn homeostasis in insulin producing pancreatic beta cells and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. We combined transmission electron microscopy with micro-and nano-synchrotron X-ray fluorescence to image unequivocally for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the natural elemental distributions, including those of trace elements, in single organelles and other subcellular features. Detected elements include Cl, K, Ca, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Cd (which some cells were supplemented with). Cell samples were prepared by a technique that minimally affects the natural elemental concentrations and distributions, and without using fluorescent indicators. In conclusion, it could likely be applied to all cell types and provide new biochemical insights at the single organelle level not available from organelle population level studies.
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  1. Univ. of Notre Dame, IN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  4. Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02- 06CH11357; 1K08ES020880-01; AC02-06CH11357
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; cellular imaging; imaging studies; imaging techniques; microscopy
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1258657