Special Issue "Optogenetics: From Light-Activated Proteins to Optical Spatio-Temporal Control"
A special issue of Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)
Dr. Leonardo Sacconi
Optogenetics provides a tool for controlling cellular function by means of the interaction of photons with light-gated proteins. Since the discovery of activating microbial rhodopsins by Nagel and colleagues, optogenetic applications in mammals have exploded. A true “optical” revolution occurred in neuroscience, and, more recently, in cardiovascular research with the publication of thousands of discoveries and insights. Among the latest achievements, for instance, optogenetics has been used to understand the functional roles of neuronal populations, to identify neuronal circuits controlling action initiation, to resynchronize and defibrillate arrhythmic hearts. The perspective of this optical approach to perturb neuronal network and cardiac electrical activity is unimaginable, especially when the spatio-temporal qualities of light are fully exploited.
In this Special Issue, we welcome researchers to submit original research and review articles on all optical methods for achieving a full spatio-temporal control and their applications.
Dr. Leonardo Sacconi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Optical manipulation
- Cardiac imaging
- Optical microscopy
- Light spatial modulator
- Digital micro-mirror device
- Laser scanning