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Fluorescence based rapid optical volume screening system (OVSS) for interrogating multicellular organisms

Basumatary, J and Ara, T and Mukherjee, A and Dutta, D and Nongthomba, U and Mondal, PP (2021) Fluorescence based rapid optical volume screening system (OVSS) for interrogating multicellular organisms. In: Scientific Reports, 11 (1).

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Continuous monitoring of large specimens for long durations requires fast volume imaging. This is essential for understanding the processes occurring during the developmental stages of multicellular organisms. One of the key obstacles of fluorescence based prolonged monitoring and data collection is photobleaching. To capture the biological processes and simultaneously overcome the effect of bleaching, we developed single- and multi-color lightsheet based OVSS imaging technique that enables rapid screening of multiple tissues in an organism. Our approach based on OVSS imaging employs quantized step rotation of the specimen to record 2D angular data that reduces data acquisition time when compared to the existing light sheet imaging system (SPIM). A co-planar multicolor light sheet PSF is introduced to illuminate the tissues labelled with spectrally-separated fluorescent probes. The detection is carried out using a dual-channel sub-system that can simultaneously record spectrally separate volume stacks of the target organ. Arduino-based control systems were employed to automatize and control the volume data acquisition process. To illustrate the advantages of our approach, we have noninvasively imaged the Drosophila larvae and Zebrafish embryo. Dynamic studies of multiple organs (muscle and yolk-sac) in Zebrafish for a prolonged duration (5 days) were carried out to understand muscle structuring (Dystrophin, microfibers), primitive Macrophages (in yolk-sac) and inter-dependent lipid and protein-based metabolism. The volume-based study, intensity line-plots and inter-dependence ratio analysis allowed us to understand the transition from lipid-based metabolism to protein-based metabolism during early development (Pharyngula period with a critical transition time, �c= 50 h post-fertilization) in Zebrafish. The advantage of multicolor lightsheet illumination, fast volume scanning, simultaneous visualization of multiple organs and an order-less photobleaching makes OVSS imaging the system of choice for rapid monitoring and real-time assessment of macroscopic biological organisms with microscopic resolution. © 2021, The Author(s).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Scientific Reports
Publisher: Nature Research
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Authors
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2021 09:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68765

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