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Boa constrictor kidney cells that have been transfected with a fusogenic viral protein

Our featured image was acquired by Virginia Barrera and was the winning image from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Rosario (IBR-CONICET) annual retreat. IBR-CONICET was established in 1985 and is home to scientists researching different aspects of microbiology, biomedicine, structural biology, and agrobiotechnology. Virginia’s image depicts a transversal cut of a soybean, aiming to explore variations in cell architecture among different variants. To minimize the impact of autofluorescence in plants, they employed the ClearSee protocol for sample fixation, clarification, and staining. They used Calcofluor White to stain cellulose and Basic Fuchsine for lignin. This staining combination allowed them to distinguish cell sizes and shapes in the shoot, highlighting xylem and fiber structures. Following the preparation, Virginia mounted shoot dissections in ClearSee and visualized them using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy (LSCM).

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Updated on 2 February 2024