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Combined use of UV-labile calcium chelators and calcium-sensitive dyes in a microscope with two light sources influencing different regions in a group of coordinated contracting cardiac myocytes
Author(s): Goetz Pilarczyk; Karl-Otto Greulich
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Paper Abstract

The coordination of excitation in a biological system of cells such as cardiac myocytes in heart tissue has crucial influence on the function of the entire organ. This coordinated behavior can be visualized in a small group of embryonic cardiac myocytes derived from the hearts of unborn chicken. Loaded with a calcium sensitive dye the excitation can be imaged via the occurring transient rise in cytosolic calcium concentration. It can be shown that in regions with physiological or morphological restrictions the transient rise in cytosolic calcium occurs with a temporal delay compared to the ordinary array of coupled myocytes. The height of the transient rise of cytosolic calcium is related to the ability of the individual cell to participate in the coordinated contraction. The free cytosolic calcium concentration is decreased with the UV-labile calcium, chelator diazo-2. Our setup allows to decrease the free cytosolic calcium in a single cell of the contracting array of cells. This allows us to introduce mismatches in selected regions of the coordinated contraction and to visualize the effects simultaneously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3197, Optical Biopsies and Microscopic Techniques II, (29 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297965
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Goetz Pilarczyk, Institute for Molecular Biotechnology eV (Germany)
Karl-Otto Greulich, Institute for Molecular Biotechnology eV (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3197:
Optical Biopsies and Microscopic Techniques II
Irving J. Bigio; Herbert Schneckenburger; Jan Slavik; Katarina Svanberg M.D.; Pierre M. Viallet, Editor(s)

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