Reconstruction of genetically identified neurons imaged by serial-section electron microscopy

M.A. Jösch, D. Mankus, M. Yamagata, A. Shahbazi, R. Schalek, A. Suissa Peleg, M. Meister, J. Lichtman, W. Scheirer, J. Sanes, ELife 5 (2016).

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Resolving patterns of synaptic connectivity in neural circuits currently requires serial section electron microscopy. However, complete circuit reconstruction is prohibitively slow and may not be necessary for many purposes such as comparing neuronal structure and connectivity among multiple animals. Here, we present an alternative strategy, targeted reconstruction of specific neuronal types. We used viral vectors to deliver peroxidase derivatives, which catalyze production of an electron-dense tracer, to genetically identify neurons, and developed a protocol that enhances the electron-density of the labeled cells while retaining the quality of the ultrastructure. The high contrast of the marked neurons enabled two innovations that speed data acquisition: targeted high-resolution reimaging of regions selected from rapidly-acquired lower resolution reconstruction, and an unsupervised segmentation algorithm. This pipeline reduces imaging and reconstruction times by two orders of magnitude, facilitating directed inquiry of circuit motifs.
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2016-07-07
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eLife
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This work was supported by NIH grant NS76467 to MM, JL and JRS, an HHMI Collaborative Innovation Award to JRS, an IARPA contract #D16PC00002 to WJS and by The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization fellowship to MJ.
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2016JULY
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Jösch MA, Mankus D, Yamagata M, et al. Reconstruction of genetically identified neurons imaged by serial-section electron microscopy. eLife. 2016;5(2016JULY). doi:10.7554/eLife.15015
Jösch, M. A., Mankus, D., Yamagata, M., Shahbazi, A., Schalek, R., Suissa Peleg, A., … Sanes, J. (2016). Reconstruction of genetically identified neurons imaged by serial-section electron microscopy. ELife, 5(2016JULY). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.15015
Jösch, Maximilian A, David Mankus, Masahito Yamagata, Ali Shahbazi, Richard Schalek, Adi Suissa Peleg, Markus Meister, Jeff Lichtman, Walter Scheirer, and Joshua Sanes. “Reconstruction of Genetically Identified Neurons Imaged by Serial-Section Electron Microscopy.” ELife 5, no. 2016JULY (2016). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.15015.
M. A. Jösch et al., “Reconstruction of genetically identified neurons imaged by serial-section electron microscopy,” eLife, vol. 5, no. 2016JULY, 2016.
Jösch MA, Mankus D, Yamagata M, Shahbazi A, Schalek R, Suissa Peleg A, Meister M, Lichtman J, Scheirer W, Sanes J. 2016. Reconstruction of genetically identified neurons imaged by serial-section electron microscopy. eLife. 5(2016JULY).
Jösch, Maximilian A., et al. “Reconstruction of Genetically Identified Neurons Imaged by Serial-Section Electron Microscopy.” ELife, vol. 5, no. 2016JULY, eLife Sciences Publications, 2016, doi:10.7554/eLife.15015.

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