In situ analysis of male meiosis in C. elegans. Academic Article uri icon


  • We describe a routine method to locate cells of appropriate meiotic stages in the gonad of Caenorhabditis elegans males prior to 3D reconstruction of meiotic spindles by electron tomography. For this, serial semi-thick (300nm) sections of whole worms are pre-screened and recorded at low magnification by transmission electron microscopy. Cells of interest are identified in aligned image stacks showing the entire proximal region of male gonads at low magnification. Tilt series of selected cells are then recorded at higher magnification to reconstruct meiotic spindles of selected cells in 3D. Our approach allows a routine staging of spermatocytes without the use of anesthetics or the application of physical immobilization of worms. We also describe a modification of a previously published protocol (Muller-Reichert, Srayko, Hyman, O'Toole, & McDonald, 2007) by using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) instead of bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a "filler" for specimen loading in high-pressure freezing.

publication date

  • 2019