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It has to be mentioned here that the AFM study of conventionally chemically fixed different biological species clearly demonstrated that the macromolecular preservation of those samples look very similar to the necrotic tissue (Figs. 3). Both samples demonstrate almost complete absence of the detailed ultrastructure of the cytoplasm. On the other hand, the height variation of the block face surface of those objects is in a range of 3–5 nm which is comparable with the height variation of pure epoxy resin.
As a result, planar views of the internal structure of the samples are obtained. As for all microscopic techniques, care must be taken to avoid misinterpretation due to artefacts. 6 Freeze-Etching and Freeze-Fracturing of Nanoemulsions for Transmission 25 Fig. 8 Cryo SEM image of hydrated protein system. The sample has been plunge frozen in liquid nitrogen, partially freeze dried, Pt coated and investigated at low temperature by high resolution SEM as chemical fixation, cryoprotective pre-treatment, cryofixation, freeze-fracturing, etching and replication, may significantly influence the appearance of the investigated sample.
Proteins, the main constituent of a biosample, are most sensitive to different chemical fixatives and to the procedure of dehydration. The detection of the state of the protein macromolecules inside the cell is of immense importance as it allows one to estimate the quality of structural preservation. In TEM, the protein integrity can be estimated only indirectly. So far good TEM staining contrast is considered as an evidence of a good structural preservation of a biosample, which is not really justified [11, 12].