Analyzing Tau aggregation with electron microscopy

Carol J. Huseby, Jeff Kuret

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Conversion of monomeric tau protein into filamentous aggregates is a defining event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. To gain insight into disease pathogenesis, the mechanisms that trigger and mediate tau aggregation are under intense investigation. Characterization efforts have relied primarily on recombinant tau protein preparations and high-throughput solution-based detection methods such as thioflavindye fluorescence and laser-light-scattering spectroscopies. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a static imaging tool that complements these approaches by detecting individual tau filaments at nanometer resolution. In doing so, it can provide unique insight into the quality, quantity, and composition of synthetic tau filament populations. Here we describe protocols for analysis of tau filament populations by TEM for purposes of dissecting aggregation mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Aggregation
  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunogold labeling
  • Kinetic analysis
  • Length distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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