Imaging of human differentiated 3D neural aggregates using light sheet fluorescence microscopy

Emilio J. Gualda, Daniel Simão, Catarina Pinto, Paula M. Alves, Catarina Brito

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The development of three dimensional (3D) cell cultures represents a big step for the better understanding of cell behavior and disease in a more natural like environment, providing not only single but multiple cell type interactions in a complex 3D matrix, highly resembling physiological conditions. Light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) is becoming an excellent tool for fast imaging of such 3D biological structures. We demonstrate the potential of this technique for the imaging of human differentiated 3D neural aggregates in fixed and live samples, namely calcium imaging and cell death processes, showing the power of imaging modality compared with traditional microscopy. The combination of light sheet microscopy and 3D neural cultures will open the door to more challenging experiments involving drug testing at large scale as well as a better understanding of relevant biological processes in a more realistic environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number221
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Issue numberAUG
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2014


  • 3D neural aggregates
  • Calcium imaging
  • Fluorescence microscopy
  • Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy
  • Live/dead assays

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