Section Electron Microscopy

Section Electron Microscopy
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A.J. Koster
Leiden University Medical Center
Einthovenweg 20
2333 ZC
A..J. Koster,R.I. Koning,

M. Barcena,

F. Faas,

R. Limpens,

E. Bos

A. Mulder

TEM & cryo TEMSEM & cryo SEM


energy filtered imaging (ESI & EFTEM)

CLEM & cyro CLEM

cryo sectioning & immunogold labeling

cryo sectioning frozen-hydrated material

high pressure freezing & freeze substitution

chemical fixation & resin-embedding

cryo EM, cryo tomography

electron tomography & serial section electron tomography

3D reconstruction & visualization

automated large scale 2D imagingWe provide a full range of state-of-the-art equipment for specimen preparation, electron microscopy, immuno-labeling, electron tomography, single particle electron microscopy, correlative light-electron microscopy, image processing and visualization.

Our research themes includeBiomedical imaging method development on EM and LM

Infectious diseases & immunology

Vascular medicine

In practice, most of our method developments involve aspects of chemistry, physics, informatics, mechanics and biology. For many projects we adapt, design and build our own tools if they are not available or do not (yet) exist.

Complement is activated by IgG hexamers assembled at the cell surface. Diebolder CA, Beurskens FJ, de Jong RN, Koning RI, Strumane K, Lindorfer MA, Voorhorst M, Ugurlar D, Rosati S, Heck AJ, van de Winkel JG, Wilson IA, Koster AJ, Taylor RP, Saphire EO, Burton DR, Schuurman J, Gros P, Parren PW. Science. 2014 Mar 14;343(6176):1260-3.

The transformation of enterovirus replication structures: a three dimensional study of single- and double-membrane compartments. Limpens RW, van der Schaar HM, Kumar D, Koster AJ, Snijder EJ, van Kuppeveld FJ, Bárcena M. MBio. 2011 Oct 4;2(5).

Multigranular exocytosis of Weibel-Palade bodies in vascular endothelial cells. Valentijn KM, van Driel LF, Mourik MJ, Hendriks GJ, Arends TJ, Koster AJ, Valentijn JA. Blood. 2010 Sep 9;116(10):1807-16

Tools for correlative cryo-fluorescence microscopy and cryo-electron tomography applied to whole mitochondria in human endothelial cells. van Driel LF, Valentijn JA, Valentijn KM, Koning RI, Koster AJ. Eur J Cell Biol. 2009 Nov;88(11):669-84.

Electron tomography in life science. Bárcena M, Koster AJ. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2009 Oct;20(8):920-30.

Our facility houses the full range of electron microscopy equipment, from sample preparation to microscopy and computing. For more general information on electron microscopy, please check our website.Transmssion and Scanning Electron microscopyFEI 200 kV cryo T20 FEG with GIF 2002 energy filter with 4k camera

FEI 120 kV cryo T12 BioTwin LaB6 with 4k camera

FEI 120 kV T12 Twin LaB6 with ILEM and STEM

JEOL JSF-6700F cryo SEM

All our TEMs are equipped with software for automatic collection of large 2D datasets using the digital cameras. All our TEMs are equipped with 3D electron tomography software. We house a wide variety of reconstruction and visualization packages.

A large range of cryo holders and room temperature (tomography) holders.

Correlative microscopy

ILEM (integrated light microscope on the T12 Twin TEM)

iCorr (integrated light microscope on the T20 FEG)

LINKAM freezing stage for cryo correlative microscopy

Our instrumentation includes conventional fixation and staining, cryo immobilization using high pressure freezing and freeze substitution, cryo plunging, labeling, cryo sectioning, cryo microscopy.

For correlative microscopy we have dedicated equipment, including a freezing stage that allows imaging of frozen-hydrated specimen on a fluorescence light microscope as well as an integrated scanning light microscope in a TEM.

We are part of the Molecular Cell Biology department of the LUMC. De department also houses the light microscopy facility of the LUMC. Within the department we have access to all light microscopy equipment available in the light microscope facility atthe LUMC.

The Netherlands Center of Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN, is located in close vicinity to our labratory. Through this facility we have access to two Titan Krios 300 kV TEMs.

We welcome research collaborations on a wide variety of topics. Please check the Service and Collaboration page on our website.
bi-annual EMBO electron tomography course