Microwave Fixation of Rat Hippocampal Slices

  • Marcia D. Feinberg
  • Karen M. Szumowski
  • Kristen M. Harris
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


The authors’ research focuses on the structural basis of synaptic function. Knowing the dimensions and connectivity of presynaptic and postsynaptic elements is necessary for understanding the mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. To this end, electrophysiological (EP) methods are used in combination with confocal microscopy, serial electron microscopy (EM), three-dimensional reconstruction, and quantitative image analysis. Microwave (MW)-enhanced methods for preparing hippocampal (HC) slices are described in this chapter. These procedures have been adapted from (1989) and (1985).


Cacodylic Buffer Water Load Tissue Preservation Oven Cavity Artificial Cerebral Spinal Fluid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcia D. Feinberg
    • 1
  • Karen M. Szumowski
    • 1
  • Kristen M. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyBoston UniversityBoston

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