CineLyzer with Multi-Fiber Photometry System

Plexon’s Multi-Fiber Photometry System is a camera based system that images one end of a branching patch cable containing multiple fibers and extracts the photometry signal from the individual fibers in the bundle via image processing techniques. The Multi-Fiber Photometry System is an optional subsystem that is integrated into the CineLyzer behavioral tracking and analysis system. Incorporating photometry into the CineLyzer environment provides the supporting behavioral information necessary to make correlations between the photometry signal and the subject’s activity.

Features:

  • Record from multiple locations in a single animal or many animals simultaneously with a single system
  • Integrated with video tracking software
  • Camera based
  • GFP based indicators such as GCaMP6
  • RFP based indicators such as R-CaMP2 (optional)
Latest Software Downloads CineLyzer® 4.1 Windows 7

Plexon’s Innovation

By using a CCD camera through a fiber bundle, the channel number can be easily expanded without extra equipment. The Plexon Multi-Fiber Photometry System is a camera based system that images one end of a patch cable containing a bundle of fibers and extracts the photometry signal from the individual fibers in the bundle via image processing techniques. The other end of the patch cable consists of individual fiber branches that are typically connected to fiber stubs implanted into individual brain regions of interest or potentially even implanted into multiple subjects. An excitation light source is projected onto the bundled end of the cable and the excitation light travels down each individual branch to its respective brain region. Fluorescent reporters expressed in each brain region absorb the excitation light and emit an activity dependent light signal that travels back up the fiber branches to be imaged by the sensor.

The diagram  depicts the basic components of the CineLyzer with Photometry system.    

Coupled With CineLyzer

The Multi-Fiber Photometry System is an optional subsystem that is integrated into the CineLyzer behavioral tracking and analysis system. The CineLyzer system provides for digital video recording of the subject along with speed, position, and orientation tracking. It allows you to define arenas and zones and compute statistical information on the subject’s entry into, exit from, or dwell time within these zones or sequences of zones. Dynamic zones centered on the subject can also be used to analyze social interaction between subjects. Thus incorporating photometry into the CineLyzer environment provides the information necessary to make correlations between the photometry signal(s) and the subject’s performance on behavioral tasks.

How is Plexon’s photometry system different from traditional systems?

The genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs), such as GCaMP proteins, enable optical monitoring the neural activity in real time. Fiber photometry provides the most sensitive and easiest way to record neuronal activities of the deep brain structures in behaving animals. Traditional systems, employ a single multimode optical fiber implanted in the brain, a beam splitter that separates the excitation light and the fluorescent signals of neuronal activity indicators returning through the same optical fiber, and a photodetector. This approach allows for imaging of one fiber at a time. Monitoring multiple brain regions is crucial to investigate connection between different brain regions to produce behaviors and the neural correlates of social interaction. Plexon’s camera-based approach provides a cost effective means to image from multiple fibers with the same detector.

I am interested in recording from multiple animals simultaneously. Is this possible?

Yes, the branching patch cable terminates in 4 magnetic LC ferrules. Each of these ferrules can be attached to fiber stubs on different animals.

What types of behavioral tasks can be used with CineLyzer and photometry?

  • T-maze
  • Fear conditioning
  • Operant chamber
  • Elevated plus maze
  • Place preference
  • Barnes maze
  • Novel object recognition
  • Social Interaction
  • Radial arm maze
  • Other behavioral paradigms

Selected technical specifications for the Plexon’s Multi-Fiber Photometry  are provided below.  A Plexon Sales Engineer is happy to discuss your needs and how this product could best support your research goals.

Excitation wavelength 410, 470 (GFP), 560 (RFP), 630 nm
Emission wavelength 414-450nm, 500-530nm, 580-611nm, 660-800nm
Resolution 656 (H) x 492 (V)
Max frame rate at full resolution 123fps
Quantum efficiency (monochrome) 78%
Sensor Sony ICX618
Interface IEEE 1394b Firewire 800
Pixel size 5.6 um x 5.6 um