Imaging peripheral nerve micro-anatomy with MUSE, 2D and 3D approaches

Chaitanya Kolluru, Austin Todd, Aniruddha R. Upadhye, Yehe Liu, Mikhail Y. Berezin, Farzad Fereidouni, Richard M. Levenson, Yanming Wang, Andrew J. Shoffstall, Michael W. Jenkins, David L. Wilson

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Abstract

Understanding peripheral nerve micro-anatomy can assist in the development of safe and effective neuromodulation devices. However, current approaches for imaging nerve morphology at the fiber level are either cumbersome, require substantial instrumentation, have a limited volume of view, or are limited in resolution/contrast. We present alternative methods based on MUSE (Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation) imaging to investigate peripheral nerve morphology, both in 2D and 3D. For 2D imaging, fixed samples are imaged on a conventional MUSE system either label free (via auto-fluorescence) or after staining with fluorescent dyes. This method provides a simple and rapid technique to visualize myelinated nerve fibers at specific locations along the length of the nerve and perform measurements of fiber morphology (e.g., axon diameter and g-ratio). For 3D imaging, a whole-mount staining and MUSE block-face imaging method is developed that can be used to characterize peripheral nerve micro-anatomy and improve the accuracy of computational models in neuromodulation. Images of rat sciatic and human cadaver tibial nerves are presented, illustrating the applicability of the method in different preclinical models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10205
JournalScientific reports
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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