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In Vivo 2-Photon Calcium Imaging in Layer 2/3 of Mice

By Peyman Golshani and Carlos Portera-Cailliau

Abstract

To understand network dynamics of microcircuits in the neocortex, it is essential to simultaneously record the activity of a large number of neurons . In-vivo two-photon calcium imaging is the only method that allows one to record the activity of a dense neuronal population with single-cell resolution . The method consists in implanting a cranial imaging window, injecting a fluorescent calcium indicator dye that can be taken up by large numbers of neurons and finally recording the activity of neurons with time lapse calcium imaging using an in-vivo two photon microscope. Co-injection of astrocyte-specific dyes allows one to differentiate neurons from astrocytes. The technique can be performed in mice expressing fluorescent molecules in specific subpopulations of neurons to better understand the network interactions of different groups of cells

Topics: Neuroscience
Publisher: MyJove Corporation
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2586864
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