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Extended field-of-view ultrathin microendoscopes for high-resolution two-photon imaging with minimal invasiveness

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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e58882 doi: 10.7554/eLife.58882

Abstract

Imaging neuronal activity with high and homogeneous spatial resolution across the field-of-view (FOV) and limited invasiveness in deep brain regions is fundamental for the progress of neuroscience, yet is a major technical challenge. We achieved this goal by correcting optical aberrations in gradient index lens-based ultrathin (≤ 500 µm) microendoscopes using aspheric microlenses generated through 3D-microprinting. Corrected microendoscopes had extended FOV (eFOV) with homogeneous spatial resolution for two-photon fluorescence imaging and required no modification of the optical set-up. Synthetic calcium imaging data showed that, compared to uncorrected endoscopes, eFOV-microendoscopes led to improved signal-to-noise ratio and more precise evaluation of correlated neuronal activity. We experimentally validated these predictions in awake head-fixed mice. Moreover, using eFOV-microendoscopes we demonstrated cell-specific encoding of behavioral state-dependent information in distributed functional subnetworks in a primary somatosensory thalamic nucleus. eFOV-microendoscopes are, therefore, small-cross-section ready-to-use tools for deep two-photon functional imaging with unprecedentedly high and homogeneous spatial resolution.

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  1. Andrea Antonini

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  2. Andrea Sattin

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  3. Monica Moroni

    CNCS, Italian Institute of Technology, ROVERETO, Italy
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  4. Serena Bovetti

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  5. Claudio Moretti

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  6. Francesca Succol

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  7. Angelo Forli

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  8. Dania Vecchia

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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  9. Vijayakumar P Rajamanickam

    BESE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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  10. Andrea Bertoncini

    BESE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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  11. Stefano Panzeri

    Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Italian Institute of Technology, Rovereto, Italy
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  12. Carlo Liberale

    BESE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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  13. Tommaso Fellin

    Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy
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Funding

European Research Council (NEURO-PATTERNS)

  • Tommaso Fellin

IIT interdisciplinary grant

  • Tommaso Fellin

IIT interdisciplinary grant

  • Carlo Liberale

KAUST (BAS/1/1064-01-01)

  • Carlo Liberale

NIH Brain Initiative (NS090576)

  • Tommaso Fellin

NIH Brain Initiative (NS107464)

  • Tommaso Fellin

NIH Brain Initiative (NS107464)

  • Stefano Panzeri

NIH Brain Initiative (NS109961)

  • Stefano Panzeri

FP7 (DESIRE)

  • Tommaso Fellin

FIRB (RBAP11X42L)

  • Tommaso Fellin

Flag-Era JTC Human Brain Project (SLOW-DYN)

  • Tommaso Fellin

Flag-Era JTC Human Brain Project (SLOW-DYN)

  • Stefano Panzeri

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: Experimental procedures involving animals have been approved by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Animal Health Regulatory Committee, by the National Council on Animal Care of the Italian Ministry of Health (authorization # 1134/2015-PR, # 689/2018-PR) and carried out according to the National legislation (D.Lgs. 26/2014) and to the legislation of the European Communities Council Directive (European Directive 2010/63/EU).

Reviewing Editor

  1. Ryohei Yasuda, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: May 13, 2020
  2. Accepted: October 12, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 13, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: October 15, 2020 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: November 24, 2020 (version 3)

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© 2020, Antonini et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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