Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research 2019/20

Entry No. 187

Mr Pablo Izquierdo, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

The brain defenders

Microglia are immune cells which inhabit our brain and constantly scan it by moving their tiny branches. When they detect a threat (like bacteria or clumps of toxic proteins in dementia), they rapidly change their shape to respond. Thus, looking at their structure is key to understand their function. Here, one of these cells (in purple) has been drawn in 3D to do such analysis.

Produced: Staining of microglia in an adult mouse brain, imaged with a Zeiss LSM700 confocal microscope. The cell in purple was reconstructed in 3D using Vaa3D (open source)


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