Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 30151579
Methods Mol. Biol. 2018;1836:281-301
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been instrumental for studying viral infections. In particular, methods for labeling macromolecules at the ultrastructural level, by integrating biochemistry, molecular biology, and morphology, have allowed to study the functions of viral macromolecular complexes within the cellular context. Here, we describe a strategy for imaging influenza virus ribonucleoproteins in infected cells with two complementary labeling methods, metal-tagging transmission electron microscopy or METTEM, a highly sensitive technique based on the use of a metal-binding protein as a clonable tag, and immunogold labeling on thawed cryosections, a very specific labeling method that allows to study the distribution of different proteins simultaneously. The combination of both labeling methods offers new possibilities for TEM analysis of viral components in cells.