Applicability of Live Cell Imaging of mRNA Expression in Combination with Calcium Imaging for in vitro Studies of Neural Network Activity

  • T. A. Mishchenko
  • E. V. Mitroshina
  • T. V. Shishkina
  • T. A. Astrakhanova
  • M. V. Prokhorova
  • M. V. Vedunova


The effectiveness of live cell mRNA detection for neurobiological studies was evaluated. We modified the commercial protocol for the use of RNA detection probes (SmartFlareTM, Merck) for primary hippocampal cultures. It was shown that RNA probes could be used both as an independent evaluation system and in combination with Ca2+ imaging. The complex of these methods provided the unique possibility of performing simultaneous studies of the functional calcium homeostasis of neuronal-glial networks and differential analysis of the plasticity of cells with different levels of mRNA expression.


RNA probes Ca2+ imaging fluorescence microscopy primary hippocampal cultures neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. A. Mishchenko
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • E. V. Mitroshina
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. V. Shishkina
    • 1
  • T. A. Astrakhanova
    • 1
  • M. V. Prokhorova
    • 4
  • M. V. Vedunova
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni NovgorodNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Nizhny Novgorod State Medical AcademyNizhny NovgorodRussia
  3. 3.Burdenko Research Institute of NeurosurgeryMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Merck LLCMoscowRussia

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