High-speed recording of neural spikes in awake mice and flies with a fluorescent voltage sensor.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Genetically encoded voltage indicators (GEVIs) are a promising technology for fluorescence readout of millisecond-scale neuronal dynamics. Previous GEVIs had insufficient signaling speed and dynamic range to resolve action potentials in live animals. We coupled fast voltage-sensing domains from a rhodopsin protein to bright fluorophores through resonance energy transfer. The resulting GEVIs are sufficiently bright and fast to report neuronal action potentials and membrane voltage dynamics in awake mice and flies, resolving fast spike trains with 0.2-millisecond timing precision at spike detection error rates orders of magnitude better than previous GEVIs. In vivo imaging revealed sensory-evoked responses, including somatic spiking, dendritic dynamics, and intracellular voltage propagation. These results empower in vivo optical studies of neuronal electrophysiology and coding and motivate further advancements in high-speed microscopy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gong, Y; Huang, C; Li, JZ; Grewe, BF; Zhang, Y; Eismann, S; Schnitzer, MJ

Published Date

  • December 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 350 / 6266

Start / End Page

  • 1361 - 1366

PubMed ID

  • 26586188

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4904846

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.aab0810


  • eng