Histochemical and Cytochemical Methods of Visualization

Jean-Marie Exbrayat

June 5, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 367 Pages - 33 Color & 193 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439822227 - CAT# K11165
Series: Methods in Visualization


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  • Gathers in a single book the methods of visualization for both light and electron microscopy
  • Contains chapters written by specialists teaching the methods or using them in research
  • Presents classical as well as specialized methods of visualization
  • Provides a set of basic techniques which can be adapted for various circumstances
  • Offers a conceptual framework to help readers apply protocols to specific models
  • Features illustrations, including a 16-page color insert


Histochemistry and cytochemistry are important fields for studying the inner workings of cells and tissues of the body. While visualization techniques have been in use for many years, new methods of detection developed recently help researchers and practitioners better understand cell activity. Histochemical and Cytochemical Methods of Visualization describes the essential techniques that can be used for histochemical investigations in both light and transmission electron microscopy.

The book begins by discussing techniques in light microscopy. It reviews classical methods of visualization, histochemical and histoenzymatic methods, and methods used to visualize cell proliferation and apoptosis. Next, the book examines the cytochemical methods used in electron microscopy with traditional techniques, as well as more specialized methods. The final section provides an overview of image analysis and describes how image processing methods can be used to extract vital information. A 16-page insert supplies color illustrations to enhance the text.

Techniques will continue to adapt to the latest technological innovations, allowing more and more precise quantification of images. These developments are essential to the biological as well as the medical sciences. This manual is a critical resource for novice and experienced researchers, technicians, and students who need to visualize what happens in the cell, the molecules expressed, the main enzymatic activities, and the repercussions of the molecular activities upon the structure of the cells in the body.



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