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Synaptic Vesicles: Membrane-bound compartments which contain transmitter molecules. Synaptic vesicles are concentrated at presynaptic terminals. They actively sequester transmitter molecules from the cytoplasm. In at least some synapses, transmitter release occurs by fusion of these vesicles with the presynaptic membrane, followed by exocytosis of their contents.

Calcium Imaging in Neurons

JoVE 5203

Calcium ions play an integral role in neuron function: They act as intracellular signals that can elicit responses such as altered gene expression and neurotransmitter release from synaptic vesicles. Within the cell, calcium concentration is highly dynamic due to the presence of pumps that selectively transport these ions in response to a variety of signals. Calcium imaging takes advantage of intracellular calcium flux to directly visualize calcium signaling in living neurons.This video begins with an overview of the key reagents used for this technique, known as calcium indicator dyes. The discussion includes an introduction to the commonly used dye Fura-2 and some basic principles behind how both ratiometric and non-ratiometric calcium indicators work. Next, a typical calcium imaging experiment is presented, from preparing the cells and dye to capturing and analyzing the fluorescent images. Finally, several experimental applications of calcium imaging are provided, such as the study of neuronal network activity and sensory processing.


 Neuroscience

An Unbiased Approach of Sampling TEM Sections in Neuroscience

1Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Medical University of Graz, 2Department of Pharmacology, Otto Loewi Research Center, Medical University of Graz, 3Division of Neurogeriatrics, Department of Neurology, Medical University of Graz, 4Institute of Pathology, Medical University of Graz, 5Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

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JoVE 58745


 JoVE In-Press

TIRFM and pH-sensitive GFP-probes to Evaluate Neurotransmitter Vesicle Dynamics in SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells: Cell Imaging and Data Analysis

1Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2San Raffaele Scientific Institute and Vita-Salute University, 3CEND Center of Excellence in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Università degli Studi di Milano

JoVE 52267


 Neuroscience

The Neuromuscular Junction: Measuring Synapse Size, Fragmentation and Changes in Synaptic Protein Density Using Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy

1Physiology and Bosch Institute, University of Sydney, 2Motor Neuron Disease Research Group, Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University, 3Advanced Microscopy Facility, Bosch Institute, University of Sydney

JoVE 52220


 Neuroscience

Assessment of Dopaminergic Homeostasis in Mice by Use of High-performance Liquid Chromatography Analysis and Synaptosomal Dopamine Uptake

1Molecular Neuropharmacology and Genetics Laboratory, Lundbeck Foundation Center for Biomembranes in Nanomedicine, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 2Laboratory of Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

JoVE 56093


 Neuroscience

SNARE-mediated Fusion of Single Proteoliposomes with Tethered Supported Bilayers in a Microfluidic Flow Cell Monitored by Polarized TIRF Microscopy

1Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, 2Nanobiology Institute, Yale University, 3Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 4Laboratoire de Neurophotonique, Université Paris Descartes, Faculté des Sciences Fondamentales et Biomédicales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

JoVE 54349


 Neuroscience

In Vitro SUMOylation Assay to Study SUMO E3 Ligase Activity

1Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, National Yang-Ming University, 2UC Davis Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, 3Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, 4Institute for Translational Medicine, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, 5Division of Molecular and Genomic Medicine, National Health Research Institutes, 6Center for Infectious Disease and Cancer Research, Kaohsiung Medical University

JoVE 56629


 Biology

Analyzing Synaptic Modulation of Drosophila melanogaster Photoreceptors after Exposure to Prolonged Light

1Department of Neuroscience of Disease, Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Niigata University, 2Brain Research Institute, Niigata University, 3Image and Data Analysis Facility, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), 4Graduate School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Titech), 5Dendrite Differentiation, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

JoVE 55176


 Neuroscience

Dopamine Release at Individual Presynaptic Terminals Visualized with FFNs

1Departments of Neurology, Columbia University, 2Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Columbia University, 3Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, 4eMolecules, Inc., 5Departments of Neurology and Physiology, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 6Division of Molecular Therapeutics, New York Psychiatric Institute

JoVE 1562


 Biology

Sequential Photo-bleaching to Delineate Single Schwann Cells at the Neuromuscular Junction

1Lehrstuhl für Biomolekulare Sensoren, Technische Universität München, 2Center for Integrated Protein Science (Munich) at the Institute of Neuroscience, Technische Universität München, 3TUM Institute for Advanced Study and German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Technische Universität München, 4Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy), Technische Universität München

JoVE 4460


 Neuroscience

Using Microfluidics Chips for Live Imaging and Study of Injury Responses in Drosophila Larvae

1Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 3Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, 4Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, 5Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

JoVE 50998


 Bioengineering

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