[Chlamydomonas] Chlamy Fluorescent Immunostaining

Ben Engel via chlamy%40net.bio.net (by bdengel from gmail.com)
Mon Jan 25 14:45:04 EST 2016

Hi Heloisa,

Your cells should stick.  My guess is that you aren't getting a good poly-L
coating of the coverslip.  Maybe your poly-L is bad or at too low of a
concentration.  If I remember correctly, we used poly-L that is 10x more
concentrated than what is used for mammalian cell culture.

I think this 0.1% solution from Sigma might be the one.  It should just
come in a big plastic bottle:

If you are only using 0.01%, that is likely your problem.  Also make sure
that your culture is fairly dense, at least medium green or even a bit dark

Good luck,

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 8:20 PM, Heloisa Ciol <helociol from gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Ben and Telsa,
> Thank you for sharing your protocols and experience. I'm sorry, I forgot
> to mention: As we didn't succeed in sticking cells on the coverslips, we
> used glutaraldehyde to fix the cells. I tried to use methanol in one of my
> trials, but I couldn't find a single cell at the coverslip at the end of
> the protocol.
> I will try Ben's protocol this week in hope to succeed and let you know
> once I checked the staining at the confocal.
> Thank you all one more time.
> Bests,
> 2016-01-25 15:40 GMT-02:00 Mittelmeier, Telsa M - (telsa) <
> telsa from email.arizona.edu>:
>> Hi Heloisa,
>> Attached is the protocol that I have been using for dual immunostaining
>> with anti-acetylated tubulin (mouse monoclonal) plus a rabbit polyclonal
>> directed against a particular eyespot protein.  The cell suspension that I
>> put on the coverslips is medium green, and I would guess that about 10% -
>> 25% of the cells end up sticking to the untreated coverslips...plenty for
>> imaging.
>> Sometimes the IF looks great, other times, not so great.  I have a couple
>> of problems that I am not sure how to solve (I have cc'd Ben for any
>> suggestions?): sometimes large numbers of the flagella fall off, and
>> sometimes I get "schleering" or heavy background from the Mowiol (I
>> think)...I have not yet found the perfect method for coverslipping.
>> Hope this helps!
>> Sincerely,
>> Telsa Mittelmeier
>> (Carol Dieckmann's lab, Univ of Arizona...we study the Chlamy eyespot)
>> ________________________________________
>> From: chlamy-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu <
>> chlamy-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu> on behalf of Ben Engel <
>> bdengel from gmail.com>
>> Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 9:03 AM
>> To: Heloisa Ciol
>> Cc: chlamy from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
>> Subject: Re: [Chlamydomonas] Chlamy Fluorescent Immunostaining
>> Hi Heloisa,
>> What type of fixation/permeabilization are you using?  Cold methanol is
>> generally best for staining microtubules (but it is bad for other
>> structures like actin).  It also extracts the chlorophyll, which is a plus
>> for immunofluorescence.  Back when I used to stain chlamy cells, I put a
>> drop of dense culture on the poly-L coverslip, let the cells adhere for a
>> few minutes, drained off the excess, and then immediately put the
>> coverslips in a coplin jar of cold methanol in the freezer.  Of course we
>> lost lots of cells, but there were always plenty on the slide.
>> Here is an old protocol that I used when I was in the Marshall lab.  It
>> definitely works very well for acetylated tubulin.  So if you try this and
>> don't see anything, I would blame your antibody.  I have no idea anymore
>> what is the best acetylated tubulin antibody for Chlamy, but I'm sure
>> someone else on this list will know:
>> http://chlamy.tiddlyspot.com/#%5B%5BIF%20Staining%20-%20Chlamy%5D%5D
>> Good luck,
>> Ben
>> On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM, Heloisa Ciol <helociol from gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Dear all,
>> >
>> > I was wondering if anyone could share here some experience in Chlamy
>> > fluorescent immunostaining, please?
>> >
>> > Since I started in this field, I couldn't apply to my experiments any of
>> > the protocols mostly used so far. For some reason, I cannot fix my
>> cells in
>> > coverslips (I prepared coverslips at the lab, either using
>> poly-L-lysine or
>> > polyethyleneimine). At first the cells seem to be stuck at the glass,
>> but
>> > once I go to the washing steps, almost all of them disappear, and in the
>> > end, I can find 2- 5 cells at the whole coverslip. To overcome that, we
>> > developed a protocol for cell incubation in eppendorfs with blocking and
>> > antibody solutions, which gives us a lot of cells, but not an uniform
>> > staining pattern.
>> >
>> > Besides that, we are trying to use alpha-tubulin or
>> > alpha-acetylated-tubulin commercial antibodies as well, but we couldn't
>> > stain a single cell so far.
>> >
>> > Does anyone have a tip or a protocol to share that I could try using
>> here
>> > in our lab?
>> >
>> > Thank you all.
>> >
>> > Best regards,
>> >
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