Branching of Central Neurons: Intracellular Cobalt Injection for Light and Electron Microscopy

Science  28 Apr 1972:
Vol. 176, Issue 4033, pp. 412-414
DOI: 10.1126/science.176.4033.412


Cobalt chloride can be injected into an identified nerve cell body in an insect ganglion and reacted with ammonium sulfide to stain the soma and its branches with a black precipitate. The stained cell body and its branches throughout the neuropil are visible in both the light and electron microscope. In whole mount preparations, the resolution of neurites within the neuropil is of a quality that permits the comparison of branching patterns between cells and during various functional states.