PLoS Biology (Jun 2004)

Functional fluorescent Ca2+ indicator proteins in transgenic mice under TET control.

  • Mazahir T Hasan,
  • Rainer W Friedrich,
  • Thomas Euler,
  • Matthew E Larkum,
  • Günter Giese,
  • Matthias Both,
  • Jens Duebel,
  • Jack Waters,
  • Hermann Bujard,
  • Oliver Griesbeck,
  • Roger Y Tsien,
  • Takeharu Nagai,
  • Atsushi Miyawaki,
  • Winfried Denk

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 6
p. e163


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Genetically encoded fluorescent calcium indicator proteins (FCIPs) are promising tools to study calcium dynamics in many activity-dependent molecular and cellular processes. Great hopes-for the measurement of population activity, in particular-have therefore been placed on calcium indicators derived from the green fluorescent protein and their expression in (selected) neuronal populations. Calcium transients can rise within milliseconds, making them suitable as reporters of fast neuronal activity. We here report the production of stable transgenic mouse lines with two different functional calcium indicators, inverse pericam and camgaroo-2, under the control of the tetracycline-inducible promoter. Using a variety of in vitro and in vivo assays, we find that stimuli known to increase intracellular calcium concentration (somatically triggered action potentials (APs) and synaptic and sensory stimulation) can cause substantial and rapid changes in FCIP fluorescence of inverse pericam and camgaroo-2.