The primary purpose of this lung section was to compare the morphology of lung tissue cells fixed and embedded in different fixatives and resins. In the assessment of the sections some abnormal cells were found. Therefore the second purpose was the possible identification of those cells.
It is known that there is a difference in morphology between ‘single’ and ‘double’ fixed tissue .
Lung tissue was chosen to assess the morphological differences. Lung has the advantage that the different cells are clearly visible through the large hollow spaces. To clarify the differences, a simple single immersion fixation with 4% formaldehyde and a more complicated perfusion fixation with a mixture of formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde was chosen. After removal of the tissue from the body, the tissue was secondary fixed with osmium tetroxide. The immersion-
Material and Methods
The formaldehyde fixed lung was cut in 2mm thick sections. The sections were washed out in tap water and dehydrated in an ethanol series of 50%, 70%, 85%, 95% and 100%. The tissue was embedded in Technovit 7100. Technovit 7100 is a plastic embedding system based on HEMA (2-
Sections (1,5µm) were cut on a LKB 2218 Historange rotationmicrotome with a Leica tungsten carbide knife . Sections were dried at 70 degrees Celsius and stained with 1% toluidine blue in 1% sodium tetraborate in distilled water . The sections were mounted in Depex, a neutral plastic resin .
There is little data available on the perfusion-
Sections (0,5µm) were cut on a Reichert-
After the Depex resin was dried the pictures were taken on a Leitz Orthoplan microscope with plan apo lenses and Canon 700D camera.
Common cells in lung tissue are: erythrocytes, pneumocytes type I, pneumocytes type II, alveolar macrophages, fibroblasts and endothelial cells .
All pneumocytes are interconnected with zonulae occludentes and lie on a bassallamina. The strongly flattened pneumocytes I are approx. 0.2µm thick and occupy approx. 90% of the alveolar surface, but their total number in one alveolus is smaller (40%) than that of the pneumocytes II (60%). They have some organelles near the flattened nucleus .
The shape of pneumocytes II changes from pillow-
The alveoli regularly contain macrophages called alveolar macrophages. For example, they phagocytize dust particles or bacteria that have penetrated into the alveoli. They therefore have a brownish colour and have long finger and lamella shapes. Lysosomes are particularly numerous in the cytoplasm .
During the study of the sections, a cell was discovered which was common to the author but not in this type of tissue. At higher magnifications some characteristics were found that correspond to cardiomyocytes. Cell nuclei are located in the middle of the cell's cytoplasm, striated cells, myofibrils appear to be visible in transversely cut cells and intercalated discs are visible in sagittal cut cells.
It seems that these are cardiomyocyte-
In figures 1A and 1B the lung tissue embedded in Technovit 7100 can be seen and photographed with a Leitz 63x plan apo after 1.4 objective. The magnification here is 630x.
In figures 2A to 2E the lung tissue embedded in epon 812 can also be seen photographed with a Leitz 63x plan apo after 1.4 objective. Also here is the magnification 630x.
Figures 3A to 3D shows cardiomyocytes and intercalated discs. Magnification 630x.
More details of the Epon section.
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