Synaptic Activity of a Neuron
The Lunenfeld’s Dr. Kenichi Okamoto recently built a new microscope, with which researchers can simultaneously view and manipulate specific brain proteins in real time and in living cells.
This image shows live imaging of laser light dependent local synaptic activation in a neuron, using a two-photon laser and light-sensitive neurotransmitter. The yellow dot indicates the laser light stimulation point for the activation.
The new microscope developed by Dr. Okamoto will enable researchers to better understand the very roots of learning, memory and brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. In effect, the technology allows scientists to pinpoint the proteins involved in various brain illnesses and psychiatric conditions.