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Neurophotonics • Open Access

Voltage-sensitive dye imaging during functional development of the embryonic nervous system: a brief review with special thanks to Professor Larry Cohen
Author(s): Yoko Momose-Sato; Katsushige Sato

Paper Abstract

Investigating the developmental organization of the embryonic nervous system is one of the major challenges in the field of neuroscience. Despite their significance, functional studies on the vertebrate embryonic central nervous system (CNS) have been hampered by the technical limitations associated with conventional electrophysiological methods. The advent of optical techniques using voltage-sensitive dyes, which were developed by Dr. Cohen and his colleagues, has enabled electrical activity in living cells to be monitored noninvasively and also facilitated the simultaneous recording of neural responses from multiple regions. Using optical recording techniques, it is now possible to follow the functional organization of the embryonic CNS and image the spatiotemporal dynamics involved in the formation of this neural network. We herein briefly reviewed optical studies on the embryonic CNS with a special emphasis on methodological considerations and the study of neuronal circuit formation, which demonstrates the utility of fast voltage-sensitive dye imaging as a powerful tool for elucidating the functional organization of the embryonic CNS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2015
PDF: 5 pages
2(2) 021009 doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.2.2.021009
Published in: Neurophotonics Volume 2, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Yoko Momose-Sato, Kanto Gakuin Univ. (Japan)
Katsushige Sato, Komazawa Univ. (Japan)


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