Nanoscale imaging of synapses : new opportunities and concepts / edited by U. Valentin Nägerl, Antoine Triller.

Contributor(s): Nägerl, U. Valentin [editor.] | Triller, Antoine [editor.]
Material type: TextTextSeries: Neuromethods: volume 84.Publisher: New York : Humana Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (x, 231 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781461491798; 1461491797Subject(s): Synapses -- Imaging -- Laboratory manuals | biomedische wetenschappen | biomedicine | neurowetenschap | neuroscience | neurobiologie | neurobiology | Medicine (General) | Geneeskunde (algemeen)Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Laboratory manuals. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Nanoscale imaging of synapsesDDC classification: 573.8/5 LOC classification: QP364Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Nanoscale imaging of protein molecules at the postsynaptic densit -- Electron tomography for the study of synaptic ultrastructure in fixed brain sections -- Time-resolved electron microscopy: coupling optogenetics with high-pressure freezing -- Investigating AMPA receptors diffusion and nanoscale organization at synapses with high density single molecule tracking methods -- Visualising the ultra-structures and dynamics of synapses by single molecule nanoscopy -- Live-cell PALM of intracellular proteins in neurons -- Monitoring nanoscale mobility of small molecules with time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy imaging -- Imaging signalling transduction in single dendritic spines -- Imaging-based measures of synaptic tenacity -- Zooming in on the (peri)synaptic extracellular matrix -- Two-photon STED microscopy for imaging synapses and glia in acute brain slices.
Summary: Synapses underlie rapid and flexible neural communication in the brain and they hold the key to understanding higher brain functions in health and disease. Because they are very small and highly dynamic, it is very difficult to study them with traditional techniques. Fortunately, recent ground-breaking advances in microscopy have greatly improved our ability to image synapses at the nanoscale, even down to the level of single molecules. Authored by leading practitioners and developers in the field, this volume focuses on the nanoscale analysis of the molecular and structural organization and dynamics of synapses of the central nervous system, utilizing superresolution (e.g. PALM, STORM, STED) and other advanced methods (e.g. EM tomography, optogenetics, FLIM). It explains the basic principles behind the various nanoscale imaging modalities, how they are implemented and what their scope and limitations are, while also highlighting several exciting new research opportunities for synapse research enabled by them.
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Nanoscale imaging of protein molecules at the postsynaptic densit -- Electron tomography for the study of synaptic ultrastructure in fixed brain sections -- Time-resolved electron microscopy: coupling optogenetics with high-pressure freezing -- Investigating AMPA receptors diffusion and nanoscale organization at synapses with high density single molecule tracking methods -- Visualising the ultra-structures and dynamics of synapses by single molecule nanoscopy -- Live-cell PALM of intracellular proteins in neurons -- Monitoring nanoscale mobility of small molecules with time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy imaging -- Imaging signalling transduction in single dendritic spines -- Imaging-based measures of synaptic tenacity -- Zooming in on the (peri)synaptic extracellular matrix -- Two-photon STED microscopy for imaging synapses and glia in acute brain slices.

Includes index.

Synapses underlie rapid and flexible neural communication in the brain and they hold the key to understanding higher brain functions in health and disease. Because they are very small and highly dynamic, it is very difficult to study them with traditional techniques. Fortunately, recent ground-breaking advances in microscopy have greatly improved our ability to image synapses at the nanoscale, even down to the level of single molecules. Authored by leading practitioners and developers in the field, this volume focuses on the nanoscale analysis of the molecular and structural organization and dynamics of synapses of the central nervous system, utilizing superresolution (e.g. PALM, STORM, STED) and other advanced methods (e.g. EM tomography, optogenetics, FLIM). It explains the basic principles behind the various nanoscale imaging modalities, how they are implemented and what their scope and limitations are, while also highlighting several exciting new research opportunities for synapse research enabled by them.

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