Live intravital intestine with blood flow visualization in neonatal mice using two-photon laser scanning microscopy

Yuhki Koike, Bo Li, Yong Chen, Niloofar Ganji, Mashriq Alganabi, Hiromu Miyake, Carol Lee, Alison Hock, Richard Wu, Keiichi Uchida, Mikihiro Inoue, Paul Delgado-Olguin, Agostino Pierro

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Abstract

This protocol describes a novel technique to investigate the microcirculation dynamics underlying the pathology in the small intestine of neonatal mice using two-photon laser-scanning microscopy (TPLSM). Recent technological advances in multi-photon microscopy allow intravital analysis of different organs such as the liver, brain and intestine. Despite these advances, live visualization and analysis of the small intestine in neonatal rodents remain technically challenging. We herein provide a detailed description of a novel method to capture high resolution and stable images of the small intestine in neonatal mice as early as postnatal day 0. This imaging technique allows a comprehensive understanding of the development and blood flow dynamics in small intestine microcirculation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3937
JournalBio-protocol
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05-03-2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Plant Science

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