Illuminating Brain Activities with Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensors
AbstractFluorescent protein-based biosensors are indispensable molecular tools for life science research. The invention and development of high-fidelity biosensors for a particular molecule or molecular event often catalyze important scientific breakthroughs. Understanding the structural and functional organization of brain activities remain a subject for which optical sensors are in desperate need and of growing interest. Here, we review genetically encoded fluorescent sensors for imaging neuronal activities with a focus on the design principles and optimizations of various sensors. New bioluminescent sensors useful for deep-tissue imaging are also discussed. By highlighting the protein engineering efforts and experimental applications of these sensors, we can consequently analyze factors influencing their performance. Finally, we remark on how future developments can fill technological gaps and lead to new discoveries. View Full-Text
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Chen, Z.; Truong, T.M.; Ai, H.-W. Illuminating Brain Activities with Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensors. Chemosensors 2017, 5, 32.
Chen Z, Truong TM, Ai H-W. Illuminating Brain Activities with Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensors. Chemosensors. 2017; 5(4):32.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Zhijie; Truong, Tan M.; Ai, Hui-wang. 2017. "Illuminating Brain Activities with Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensors." Chemosensors 5, no. 4: 32.