Fast, volumetric live-cell imaging using high-resolution light-field microscopy

Haoyu Li, Changliang Guo, Deborah Kim-Holzapfel, Weiyi Li, Yelena Altshuller, Bryce Schroeder, Wenhao Liu, Yizhi Meng, Jarrod B. French, Ken Ichi Takamaru, Michael A. Frohman, Shu Jia

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Visualizing diverse anatomical and functional traits that span many spatial scales with high spatio-temporal resolution provides insights into the fundamentals of living organisms. Light-field microscopy (LFM) has recently emerged as a scanning-free, scalable method that allows for high-speed, volumetric functional brain imaging. Given those promising applications at the tissue level, at its other extreme, this highly-scalable approach holds great potential for observing structures and dynamics in single-cell specimens. However, the challenge remains for current LFM to achieve a subcellular level, near-diffraction-limited 3D spatial resolution. Here, we report high-resolution LFM (HR-LFM) for live-cell imaging with a resolution of 300-700 nm in all three dimensions, an imaging depth of several micrometers, and a volume acquisition time of milliseconds. We demonstrate the technique by imaging various cellular dynamics and structures and tracking single particles. The method may advance LFM as a particularly useful tool for understanding biological systems at multiple spatio-temporal levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health grants 1R35GM124846 (to S.J.) and R01GM084251 (to M.F.), National Science Foundation grants CBET1604565 and EFMA1830941 (to S.J.). Acknowledgments We acknowledge the support of the NSF-CBET Biophotonics program, the NSF-EFMA program, and the NIH-NIGMS MIRA program.

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© 2018 Optical Society of America.


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