Imaging of astrocytic activity in living rodents

Norio Takata, Yoshiaki Shinohara, Masamichi Ohkura, Tsuneko Mishima, Junichi Nakai, Hajime Hirase

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Mounting evidence from in vitro experiments supports bidirectional interactions between astrocytes and neurons, suggesting glial involvement in neuronal information processing in the brain. Elevation of the cytosolic calcium ion (Ca2+) concentration has been suggested to be important for gliotransmission; however, the study of Ca2+ dynamics in cerebral cortical astrocytes in vivo became possible only recently. Here, we describe a set of procedures to monitor Ca2+ concentration fluctuations in a population of astrocytes or in astrocytic processes using in vivo two-photon microscopy. Simultaneous recording of neuronal activity by electrodes and astrocytic activity by imaging is a promising way to reveal the nature of neuron-glia interactions in the brain of living rodents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Imaging of Neocortical Dynamics
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781627037846
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045


  • Adenovirus
  • Astrocytes
  • Astrocytic processes
  • Bolus loading
  • Cerebral cortex
  • G-CaMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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