Optical Reporting Of Electrical Activity

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This paper mainly focuses on the optical reporting of electrical activity in genetically defined neuronal populations where they develop an accelerated sensor of action potentials 1 which is called ASAP1 is designed by introducing circularly permuted green fluorescent protein which is in voltage sensor design and it continuously monitors membrane potential in neurons using standard epifluorescence microscopy. Firstly the brain requires information to process and for these genetically encoded fluorescent indicators is used for optical reporting in the brain and it produces larger fluorescence responses and input signals are processed by neurons into output responses such as action potentials and it will have millisecond –time scale kinetics…show more content…
The voltage sensors which are in use are constructed from one of two types of voltage sensing proteins which have different domains and channels are used in the manufacturing of the sensor. Some of these sensors produces large responses in dissociated neuronal cultures but they are not brighter enough to report neuronal activity in the brain.Inspite of that these sensors are slow compared to other sensors and their use depends upon the voltage sensitivity on illumination intensity and wavelength and nonlinear increases in fluorescence with increasing illumination intensity. There are also sensors which uses four helix VSDs which are brighter than rhodopsin based sensors but will produce ample responses to the brain and exhibit inactivation kinetics which are slow for fast trains of Aps.Finally the authors shifts focus on the arc light sensor which was developed recently and it produces the largest responses to the brain when they are superposed on large excitatory postsynaptic potentials so the authors decide to develop a voltage sensor with sufficient brightness and detection off neuronal activity to the brain.

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There are various methods which the authors are listed in the online format of the paper where the first method is plasmid construction method
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