The effect of fixation with osmium tetroxide solution, made alkaline by the addition of potassium acetate, was studied by electron microscopy. Exocrine cells of the pancreas and the cells of the first (‘proximal’) convoluted tubules of the kidney of the mouse were used as test-objects. Partially prepolymerized methacrylate was used for embedding. The preservation of the various cell inclusions was similar to what is generally produced after fixation with Palade's buffered osmium tetroxide.

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