P Nau

San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Standard methods for the ultrastructural detection of lipase and sphingomyelinase activities in the skin result in considerable loss of structural preservation, often interfering with accurate delineation of enzyme localization in association with specific organelles. Moreover, poor preservation occurs, even after extensive aldehyde prefixation, owing to the prolonged incubation times needed to detect residual enzyme activity, which often require non-physiological conditions. A modified incubation protocol is described here, which uses microwave irradiation in conjunction with drastically shortened incubation times, resulting in both superior ultrastructural preservation and excellent localization in mammalian epidermis. This method should be useful generally not only for the study of lipase localization in skin, but also in conjunction with the cytochemical detection of a variety of enzymes in various types of tissue.
    The Histochemical Journal 06/1997; 29(5):387-92. DOI:10.1023/A:1026438917856

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  • 1997
    • San Francisco VA Medical Center
      San Francisco, California, United States