Ultrastructural localization of Ag-NOR stained proteins in the nucleolus during the cell cycle and in other nucleolar structures

Chromosoma. 1980;79(3):349-62. doi: 10.1007/BF00327325.


EM investigation of Ag-AS-NOR staining after short glutaraldehyde prefixation followed by Carnoy fixation maintained good ultrastructural preservation and reactive selectivity. This enables exact localization of silver deposits both in the fibrillar centers of typical or segregated nucleoli during interphase, and in chromosome NORs during mitosis. These results argue in favour of the possibility that fibrillar centers are the interphasic counterpart of chromosome NORs. Special structures such as nucleolar blobs and remnants usually considered to be of nucleolar origin, were also stained. - These findings seem to indicate a relationship between the distribution of the silver-stained proteins, the arrangement of the nucleolar structures and the degree of nucleolar activity resulting from the experimental conditions. These results are of interest at the time when the concept of the nucleolar matrix is gradually emerging.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleolus / ultrastructure*
  • Chickens / blood
  • Erythrocytes / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Electron / methods*
  • Nucleolus Organizer Region / ultrastructure*
  • Silver
  • Staining and Labeling


  • Silver