Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-60600
Oberti, D; Kirschmann, M A; Hahnloser, R H R (2011). Projection neuron circuits resolved using correlative array tomography. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5:50.
Assessment of three-dimensional morphological structure and synaptic connectivity is essential for a comprehensive understanding of neural processes controlling behavior. Different microscopy approaches have been proposed based on light microcopy (LM), electron microscopy (EM), or a combination of both. Correlative array tomography (CAT) is a technique in which arrays of ultrathin serial sections are repeatedly stained with fluorescent antibodies against synaptic molecules and neurotransmitters and imaged with LM and EM (Micheva and Smith, 2007). The utility of this correlative approach is limited by the ability to preserve fluorescence and antigenicity on the one hand, and EM tissue ultrastructure on the other. We demonstrate tissue staining and fixation protocols and a workflow that yield an excellent compromise between these multimodal imaging constraints. We adapt CAT for the study of projection neurons between different vocal brain regions in the songbird. We inject fluorescent tracers of different colors into afferent and efferent areas of HVC in zebra finches. Fluorescence of some tracers is lost during tissue preparation but recovered using anti-dye antibodies. Synapses are identified in EM imagery based on their morphology and ultrastructure and classified into projection neuron type based on fluorescence signal. Our adaptation of array tomography, involving the use of fluorescent tracers and heavy-metal rich staining and embedding protocols for high membrane contrast in EM will be useful for research aimed at statistically describing connectivity between different projection neuron types and for elucidating how sensory signals are routed in the brain and transformed into a meaningful motor output.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Correlative microscopy;Projectomics;Songbird;Array tomography;Neural tracers|
|Date:||1 April 2011|
|Deposited On:||12 Mar 2012 11:42|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2012 10:26|
|Publisher:||Frontiers Research Foundation|
|Series Name:||Frontiers in neuroscience|
|Number of Pages:||-50|
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