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Dynamic full-field optical coherence tomography: 3D live-imaging of retinal organoids

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Light Publishing Center, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics And Physics, CAS

Imaging hiPSC-derived Retinal Organoids with D-FFOCT

image: a, Colour bar of the D-FFOCT images with a consistent colormap for (b,c). b, Image of a D29 retinal organoid, showing multiple cells with different dynamic profiles. c, Image of a D51 retinal organoid, where precursors of photoreceptors begin to appear in a rosette formation (red dotted line). High-temporal-resolution imaging performed on a D147 retinal organoid. d, Part of the retinal organoid revealed fusiform structures corresponding to emerging photoreceptor outer segments in the centre of the rosette. e, Magnified view of nuclei in three different states around the rosette: (i) a nucleus in a normal state with a compact, uniform shape and is very bright (i.e., exhibiting a high activity); (ii) an seemingly dying, inflated nucleus, exhibiting almost no activity; and (iii) a nucleus undergoing division with no defined nuclear membrane in the cytoplasm, and two distinct parts (white arrows) of the content of a nucleus (suggesting mitosis of the nucleus with chromosomes already divided, with the same subcellular activity level as the "normal" nucleus). f, Magnified image of the photoreceptor outer segment-like structures imaged side-on; three of them are marked with a white line. Scale bar: 20 μm. view more 

Credit: by Jules Scholler, Kassandra Groux, Olivier Goureau, José-Alain Sahel, Mathias Fink, Sacha Reichman, Claude Boccara and Kate Grieve

Current modalities for imaging living tissues and 3D cell cultures are invasive, slow or lacking in spatial resolution. Dynamic full-field optical coherence tomography (D-FFOCT) is a label-free, non-invasive, quantitative technique allying high spatial and temporal resolutions. This technique relies on low coherence interferometry to amplify the phase and amplitude fluctuations, created by moving scattering structures inside biological samples, yielding a motility contrast. D-FFOCT opens up the possibility of following the development of complex 3D multicellular structures, such as retinal organoids.

In a new paper by Jules Scholler, Kassandra Groux, et al., published in Light: Science & Applications, a team of optics experts (Institut Langevin, Paris, France) led by Dr Kate Grieve from the Quinze-Vingts National Eye Hospital (Paris, France), in collaboration with cell biologists (Institut de la Vision, Paris, France), have developed and applied a new imaging modality for the imaging of in-development retinal organoids.

These scientists summarize the operational principle of their microscope:

"We use the interferometric amplification of a full field optical coherence tomography device and study the fluctuation of the interferometric signal to quantitatively construct tomographic volumes with a metabolic contrast. Owing to our high sensitivity, we are able to reconstruct highly contrasted images of almost transparent samples without using any exogenous labels."

"Owing to the full field configuration and the high sensitivity, our method is faster and requires much lower illumination intensity than nonlinear microscopy techniques that can damage the sample irreversibly. This allows us to study the development of the same sample over periods of several weeks" they added.

"D-FFOCT will have many potential applications for in vitro living tissue including disease modeling, cancer screening, and drug screening" the scientists forecast.


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