Rabbit psoas skeletal muscle fibers were held at constant length and rigor induced by immersion in glycerol. The fibers were fixed in buffered glutaraldehyde, treated with tannic acid and quick-frozen by contact with a liquid helium-cooled copper block in a Heuser-type cryopress, and freeze-etched in a Balzers 400 freeze fracture machine. The sample was then rotary-replicated with Pt-C at 24 degrees and visualized in a JEOL 100CX2 transmission electron microscope operated at 100 kev.
This image was recorded on Kodak 4489 film at 75,000x magnification. Stereo pairs were taken at +5 and -5 degrees. Films were scanned with a 20 micrometer pixel spacing on a Nikon Coolscan 9000ED scanner.
Stereo pair with CIL:6565.
Biological Process: Skeletal muscle contraction
Author: Ip, Wallace
Source: The Cell: An Image Library