Articles by Céline Braïni in JoVE
High-resolution Volume Imaging of Neurons by the Use of Fluorescence eXclusion Method and Dedicated Microfluidic Devices Céline Braïni1, Angelo Mottolese1, Ivan Ferrante1, Sylvain Monnier2, Catherine Villard1 1Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Curie, Institut Curie, Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes pour la microfluidique, Université PSL, CNRS, 2UMR 144 Institut Curie, Université PSL, CNRS Volume is an important parameter regarding physiological and pathological characteristics of cells. We describe a fluorescent exclusion method allowing full-field measurement of in vitro neuronal volume with sub-micrometric axial resolution required for the analysis of neurites and dynamic structures implied in neuronal growth.
Other articles by Céline Braïni on PubMed
Geometrical Determinants of Neuronal Actin Waves Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2017 | Pubmed ID: 28424590 Hippocampal neurons produce in their early stages of growth propagative, actin-rich dynamical structures called actin waves. The directional motion of actin waves from the soma to the tip of neuronal extensions has been associated with net forward growth, and ultimately with the specification of neurites into axon and dendrites. Here, geometrical cues are used to control actin wave dynamics by constraining neurons on adhesive stripes of various widths. A key observable, the average time between the production of consecutive actin waves, or mean inter-wave interval (IWI), was identified. It scales with the neurite width, and more precisely with the width of the proximal segment close to the soma. In addition, the IWI is independent of the total number of neurites. These two results suggest a mechanistic model of actin wave production, by which the material conveyed by actin waves is assembled in the soma until it reaches the threshold leading to the initiation and propagation of a new actin wave. Based on these observations, we formulate a predictive theoretical description of actin wave-driven neuronal growth and polarization, which consistently accounts for different sets of experiments.