Visualizing and tracking T cell motility In vivo

Benson, R. A. , Brewer, J. M. and Garside, P. (2017) Visualizing and tracking T cell motility In vivo. In: Rainger, G. E. and Mcgettrick, H. M. (eds.) T-Cell Trafficking: Methods and Protocols [Second Edition]. Series: Methods in molecular biology (1591). Springer: New York, pp. 27-41. ISBN 9781493969296 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-6931-9_3)

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Advanced cellular tracking and imaging techniques allow the dynamic nature of immune responses to be studied in detail and in a physiological context. Here we describe two methods applying multiphoton laser scanning microscopy to the visualization and tracking of fluorescently labeled CD4(+) T cells and dendritic cells (DCs) within the complex lymph node (LN) environment. Ex vivo imaging of LNs allows the study of cell populations without the need for skilled surgical techniques while providing comparable data. While more technically demanding, intravital imaging of the popliteal LN allows aspects of T cell/DC responses to be studied in the context of an intact lymph and blood supply. We also describe methods to aid the acquisition of time series data suitable for cellular tracking, providing a quantitative approach to real-time analysis of DC and T cell LN responses.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Adoptive transfer, dendritic cell, in vivo, intravital imaging, migration, multiphoton, T cell.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Benson, Dr Robert and Garside, Professor Paul and Brewer, Professor James
Authors: Benson, R. A., Brewer, J. M., and Garside, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation

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