[3dem] negative staining artifact

Matthias Wolf matthias.wolf at oist.jp
Sun Sep 24 17:30:29 PDT 2017

Hi Linda,

Looks like your sample is packed with protein – it’s negative stain, protein is white – try dropping the concentration 10 to 50 times. Also, if those spherical objects are lipid or mixed lipid-detergent vesicles, they may not like the UA – try a different stain at neutral pH like PTA.


From: 3dem [mailto:3dem-bounces at ncmir.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Sandblad
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 6:25 AM
To: 3dem at ncmir.ucsd.edu
Subject: [3dem] negative staining artifact

Hi all experts!!
I know, this do not look nice, but I would like to hear your opinion about this artifact. Tiny dark spots covering both sample and background, do you know what it is, were it comes from and how to avoid it? We have this bad background time to time from different labs…. It is a “normal” negative staining protocol: copper grids, formvar, carbon, glow discharge, UA.
I’m happy for your suggestions, Best Linda
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Linda Sandblad
Department of Molecular Biology
Umeå University
+46 709324936

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