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Cellular Imaging Techniques for Neuroscience and Beyond

The imaging of small cellular components requires powerful instruments, and an entire family of equipment and techniques based on the confocal principle has been developed over the past 30 years. Such methods are commonly used by neuroscience researchers, but the majority of these users do not have a microscopy or a cell biology backgrounds and do can encounter difficulties in obtaining and interpreting results. This volume brings experts in high-resolution optical microscopy applications in neuroscience and cell biology together to document the state of the art. Outlining what is currently possible, the volume also discusses promising developments for the future and aids readers in selecting the most scientifically meaningful approach to solve their questions. Each chapter discusses instrumentation and technology in relationship to application in research. All of the common and cutting edge trends are covered - fluorescence / laser electron / nonlinear microscopy, infrared fluorescence, multiphoton imaging, tomography, FRAP, live imaging, STED, PALM/STORM, etc.


Researchers and graduate students in neuroscience; confocal "aficionados" in the cell biology community

Hardbound, 296 Pages

Published: August 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-385872-6


  • "Wouterlood…introduces the confocal principle which eliminates out-of-focus haze, its components, and relevant equations. International scientists explain the principles and related methods of stimulated emission depletion (SRED), single molecule localization, and coherent anti-Stokes Raman (CARS) microscopy; labeling approaches; preparation of samples for imaging; and applications of, and developments in, this new wave of imaging, e.g., visualization of neuronal networks, DNA, and myelin."--Reference and Research Book News, February 2013


  • 1. Confocal laser scanning: Of instrument, computer processing, and men
        Jeroen A.M. Beliën and Floris G. Wouterlood

    2. Beyond Abbe's resolution barrier: STED microscopy
        U. Valentin Nägerl

    3. Enhancement of optical resolution by 4pi single and multiphoton confocal fluorescence microscopy
        W.A. van Cappellen, A. Nigg, and A.B. Houtsmuller

    4. Nano resolution optical imaging through localization microscopy
        Helge Ewers

    5. Optical investigation of brain networks using structured illumination
        Marco Dal Maschio, Francesco Difato, Riccardo Beltramo, Angela Michela De Stasi, Axel Blau, and Tommaso Fellin

    6. Multiphoton microscopy advances toward super resolution
        Paolo Bianchini, Partha P. Mondal, Shilpa Dilipkumar, Francesca Cella Zanacchi, Emiliano Ronzitti, and Alberto Diaspro

    7. The cell at molecular resolution: Principles and applications of cryo-electron tomography
        Rubén Fernández-Busnadiego and Vladan Lucic

    8. Cellular-level optical biopsy using full-field optical coherence microscopy
        Arnaud Dubois

    9. Retroviral labeling and imaging of newborn neurons in the adult brain
        Kurt A. Sailor, Hongjun Song, and Guo-Li Ming

    10. Study of myelin sheaths by CARS microscopy
          Chun-Rui Hu, Bing Hu, and Ji-Xen Cheng

    11. High-resolution approaches to studying presynaptic vesicle dynamics using variants of FRAP and electron microscopy
          Kevin Staras and Tiago Branco


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