Pulse splitter-based nonlinear microscopy for live-cardiomyocyte imaging.


Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy is a new imaging technique used in sarcomeric-addition studies. However, during the early stage of cell culture in which sarcomeric additions occur, the neonatal cardiomyocytes that we have been working with are very sensitive to photodamage, the resulting high rate of cell death prevents systematic study of sarcomeric addition using a conventional SHG system. To address this challenge, we introduced use of the pulse-splitter system developed by Na Ji et al. in our two photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) and SHG hybrid microscope. The system dramatically reduced photodamage to neonatal cardiomyocytes in early stages of culture, greatly increasing cell viability. Thus continuous imaging of live cardiomyocytes was achieved with a stronger laser and for a longer period than has been reported in the literature. The pulse splitter-based TPEF-SHG microscope constructed in this study was demonstrated to be an ideal imaging system for sarcomeric addition-related investigations of neonatal cardiomyocytes in early stages of culture.

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@article{Wang2014PulseSN, title={Pulse splitter-based nonlinear microscopy for live-cardiomyocyte imaging.}, author={Zhonghai Wang and Wan Qin and Yonghong Shao and Siyu Ma and Thomas Keith Borg and Bruce Zhi Gao}, journal={Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering}, year={2014}, volume={8948} }