Imaging neural activity using Thy1-GCaMP transgenic mice.


Journal Article

The ability to chronically monitor neuronal activity in the living brain is essential for understanding the organization and function of the nervous system. The genetically encoded green fluorescent protein-based calcium sensor GCaMP provides a powerful tool for detecting calcium transients in neuronal somata, processes, and synapses that are triggered by neuronal activities. Here we report the generation and characterization of transgenic mice that express improved GCaMPs in various neuronal subpopulations under the control of the Thy1 promoter. In vitro and in vivo studies show that calcium transients induced by spontaneous and stimulus-evoked neuronal activities can be readily detected at the level of individual cells and synapses in acute brain slices, as well as chronically in awake, behaving animals. These GCaMP transgenic mice allow investigation of activity patterns in defined neuronal populations in the living brain and will greatly facilitate dissecting complex structural and functional relationships of neural networks.

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Cited Authors

  • Chen, Q; Cichon, J; Wang, W; Qiu, L; Lee, S-JR; Campbell, NR; Destefino, N; Goard, MJ; Fu, Z; Yasuda, R; Looger, LL; Arenkiel, BR; Gan, W-B; Feng, G

Published Date

  • October 17, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 297 - 308

PubMed ID

  • 23083733

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23083733

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4199

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-6273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.07.011


  • eng