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Cellular Resolution Functional Imaging in Behaving Rats Using Voluntary Head Restraint

Author(s): Scott, Benjamin B; Brody, Carlos D; Tank, David W

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Abstract: High-throughput operant conditioning systems for rodents provide efficient training on sophisticated behavioral tasks. Combining these systems with technologies for cellular resolution functional imaging would provide a powerful approach to study neural dynamics during behavior. Here we describe an integrated two-photon microscope and behavioral apparatus that allows cellular resolution functional imaging of cortical regions during epochs of voluntary head restraint. Rats were trained to initiate periods of restraint up to 8 seconds in duration, which provided the mechanical stability necessary for in vivo imaging while allowing free movement between behavioral trials. A mechanical registration system repositioned the head to within a few microns, allowing the same neuronal populations to be imaged on each trial. In proof-of-principle experiments, calcium dependent fluorescence transients were recorded from GCaMP-labeled cortical neurons. In contrast to previous methods for head restraint, this system can also be incorporated into high-throughput operant conditioning systems.
Publication Date: 16-Oct-2013
Citation: Scott, Benjamin B, Brody, Carlos D, Tank, David W. (2013). Cellular Resolution Functional Imaging in Behaving Rats Using Voluntary Head Restraint. Neuron, 80 (2), 371 - 384. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.08.002
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.08.002
ISSN: 0896-6273
Pages: 371 - 384
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Neuron
Version: Author's manuscript

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