Agarose Pads for Microscopy

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Agarose pad mounting protocol for yeast

Step 1 : Align 3 microscope slides and stick lab tape on the 2 external ones (lengthwise).

Step 2: Drop melted agarose (50 to 100µl) on the middle one. Diameter of the pad must be around 1cm diameter.

Step 3: Top the agarose with another clean slide, placed perpendicularly. Apply gentle pressure and allow agarose to solidify.

Step 4: After agarose has solidified, gently remove the top slide by rotating. Agarose is ready to use, and the pad will be less than 500µM thick.

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For full efficiency of the CherryTemp temperature controller, samples must be placed close to the CherryTemp thermalisation chip (<500µm). Therefore, preparing a thin agar pad is a critical step. The following protocol shows how to prepare thin agar pads and how to couple them to the CherryTemp technology.