Supplies of Zell Kontakt products

Zell Kontakt is a German company making fantastic glass bottom dishes and plate. Check out why the LCI facility likes their products (absolutely no commercial interests!).

Great products but crap communication skills! Either their website is down or they do not answer the phone and emails and anyway if they do, make sure you have a German colleague around because no one speaks English.

Now we have found a way around the problem: MoBiTec sells Zell Kontakt products. 🙂

How to precisely measure the volume of a cell?

Measuring the volume of a cell is often done by labelling the cell membrane or its cytoplasm. Analysing large flat cells this way is easy but it is much harder for tiny cells like blood cells, yeast or bacteria.

Another way to measure volumes is to use a negative stain, i.e. where the medium is made fluorescent with a dye that does not go into the cell. The cell appears as a black hole in fluorescent images and unlike lipid-based membrane labelling, borders are even and easy to segment.

While many dyes can be used for live cells, one must choose large dyes when negatively imaging cells that have been fixed and permeabilized.

This paper and this one use high molecular weight (2000 KDa) Dextran to achieve these results and measure the size of bacteria.

This recent paper optimizes the technique.

 

Free genetic and image analysis tools

Here are a few image analysis tools (constructs for FRET, software…) that might be useful to you.

  • Construct for fluorescence biosensors and optogenetic tools
  • Free Image analysis software

http://www.hahnlab.com/tools/index.html

  • Free Image analysis software

https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/labs/danuser/software/

  • Free Image analysis software

http://cismm.web.unc.edu/

Party time at the LCI! :D

On the 10th of October, the Live Cell Imaging facility will have an open house and a little party to celebrate loads of great stuff:

  • The LCI turned 10 years old this year! 😊
  • We got a wonderful light sheet system earlier this year. It is high time to give it a name and splash it with a bit of champagne!
  • Gisele Miranda from Scilife/BII has joined the LCI team to help our users with image analysis
  • We got a great server/analysis capacity set up by the KI IT department

Wow! What a year! 😃

Please come and celebrate with us! If you do not know what our microscopy facility has to offer, it is time to be curious and pay us a visit.

  • Open house: drop in between 9:00-11:00
  • Baptising of the light sheet system and celebration of Gisele and our shiny new server: at 11:00

All this will happen on the 10th of October (next Thursday) at the LCI facility, on the 7th floor of Neo at KI Flemingsberg. Here you can see how to find us.

Please help us spread the news! 😊

Deep red fluorescent proteins

The microscopy field is moving away from blue dyes. This is because red light, used to excited far red and deep red fluorophores, is less damaging to live cells than near UV light which is used to excite blue fluorophores.

On top of that, red light penetrates deeper into thick samples.

So as the trend in microscopy is to move to thicker samples and use more live samples, far red and deep red fluorophores are becoming more attractive.

Here is an article describing 3 new fluorescent protein in the far red to deep red range. One can excite them with 640 nm or a 685 nm lasers or LEDs.