A tunable refractive index matching medium for live imaging cells, tissues and model organisms
In light microscopy, refractive index mismatches between media and sample cause spherical aberrations that often limit penetration depth and resolution. Optical clearing techniques can alleviate these mismatches, but they are so far limited to fixed samples. We present Iodixanol as a non-toxic medium supplement that allows refractive index matching in live specimens and thus a substantial improvement of the live-imaging of primary cell cultures, planarians, zebrafish and human cerebral organoids.
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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Individual research support programs)
- Tobias Boothe
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Clare M Waterman, National Institutes of Health, United States
- Received: March 28, 2017
- Accepted: July 13, 2017
- Accepted Manuscript published: July 14, 2017 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: September 4, 2017 (version 2)
- Version of Record updated: September 14, 2017 (version 3)
© 2017, Boothe et al.
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