Flybow to dissect circuit assembly in the Drosophila brain

Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1082:57-69. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-655-9_4.


Visualization of single neurons within their complex environment is a pivotal step towards uncovering the mechanisms that control neural circuit development and function. This chapter provides detailed technical information on how to use Drosophila variants of the mouse Brainbow-2 system, called Flybow, for stochastic labeling of cells with different fluorescent proteins in one sample. We first describe the genetic strategies and the heat shock regime required for induction of recombination events. This is followed by a detailed protocol as to how to prepare samples for imaging. Finally, we provide specifications to facilitate multichannel image acquisition using confocal microscopy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / cytology*
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Immunohistochemistry / methods*
  • Larva / cytology
  • Male
  • Nerve Net / cytology*
  • Pupa / cytology