E. Axel GorostizaView Profile
Here, I present you the results of using Blue light for photopreference and adding a pulsed Red light. These experiments are controls required for using Optogenetics to study Photopreference. I used the Blue light at different intensities, and calculated the Choice Index (CI) and the proportion of flies in each tube of the T-Maze (White: Bright, Black: Dark, Grey: Elevator).
I am thinking of using optogenetics to study the neural substrates of photopreference. Here I present some controls that I have to do before starting. This is a T-Maze with blue light instead of with light.
These are the last controls I needed in order to be sure everything wrong was gone. They are not the best, but I think they show some clear results.
Yellow: Room Temperature
To find the source of the problems I have seen in the T-Maze, I use lines from our stock and tested them in the T-Maze. This were reared at 25°C.
Here is an update on the evaluation of the DA clusters in Photopreference.
I am still testing different GAL4s in order to find out the dopamine clusters involved in photopreference shift. Here are some new results.
Here I present new data on the GAL4s I have been testing. I also retested some previous ones. I had troubles with the shiTS/+ control, so the N has not chance since the last time.
I am currently testing different dopaminergic GAL4s in order to validate previous results from my initial screening. Here I can find the results for one of those GAL4s
I recently combined the two TbH-lexA lines (54954 & 54075) with CD8GFP, and the TDC2-GAL4 line with CD8RFP, in order to compare their expression patterns. Here I present some of the dissections. The confocal is not working properly, but it is relatively good to draw some conclusions.
TDC2>GFP and anti-TβH (Scholz’s Lab)
TDC2>GFP (Gerber’s Lab)
anti-TDC2 (Goodwin’s Lab)
After refining my DA screening, I end up having three interesting GAL4s which lead to changes in photopreference after expressing Shibire and rising the temperature. What I am trying to do now is to understand if they label the same neuronal population or not.