Determination of photoreceptor cell spectral sensitivity in an insect model from in vivo intracellular recordings

McCulloch, Kyle J, Osorio, Daniel and Briscoe, Adriana D (2016) Determination of photoreceptor cell spectral sensitivity in an insect model from in vivo intracellular recordings. Journal of Visualized Experiments (108). ISSN 1940-087X

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Abstract

Intracellular recording is a powerful technique used to determine how a single cell may respond to a given stimulus. In vision research, intracellular recording has historically been a common technique used to study sensitivities of individual photoreceptor cells to different light stimuli that is still being used today. However, there remains a dearth of detailed methodology in the literature for researchers wishing to replicate intracellular recording experiments in the eye. Here we present the insect as a model for examining eye physiology more generally. Insect photoreceptor cells are located near the surface of the eye and are therefore easy to reach, and many of the mechanisms involved in vision are conserved across animal phyla. We describe the basic procedure for in vivo intracellular recording of photoreceptor cells in the eye of a butterfly, with the goal of making this technique more accessible to researchers with little prior experience in electrophysiology. We introduce the basic equipment needed, how to prepare a live butterfly for recording, how to insert a glass microelectrode into a single cell, and finally the recording procedure itself. We also explain the basic analysis of raw response data for determining spectral sensitivity of individual cell types. Although our protocol focuses on determining spectral sensitivity, other stimuli (e.g., polarized light) and variations of the method are applicable to this setup.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 14:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60334
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