Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy for the study of the murine heart

Yichen Ding, Zachary Bailey, Victoria Messerschmidt, Jun Nie, Richard Bryant, Sandra Rugonyi, Peng Fei, Juhyun Lee, Tzung K. Hsiai

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Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy has been widely used for rapid image acquisition with a high axial resolution from micrometer to millimeter scale. Traditional light-sheet techniques involve the use of a single illumination beam directed orthogonally at sample tissue. Images of large samples that are produced using a single illumination beam contain stripes or artifacts and suffer from a reduced resolution due to the scattering and absorption of light by the tissue. This study uses a dual-sided illumination beam and a simplified CLARITY optical clearing technique for the murine heart. These techniques allow for deeper imaging by removing lipids from the heart and produce a large field of imaging, greater than 10 x 10 x 10 mm3. As a result, this strategy enables us to quantify the ventricular dimensions, track the cardiac lineage, and localize the spatial distribution of cardiac-specific proteins and ion-channels from the post-natal to adult mouse hearts with sufficient contrast and resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere57769
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number139
StatePublished - Sep 15 2018


  • Bioengineering
  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Dual illumination
  • Heart
  • Issue 139
  • LSFM
  • Light sheet fluorescence microscopy
  • Murine
  • Optical clearing
  • Ventricle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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