Purpose of review: Real-time 3-dimensional (3-D) imaging of cardiovascular injury and regeneration remains challenging. We introduced a multi-scale imaging strategy that uses light-sheet illumination to enable applications of cardiovascular injury and repair in models ranging from zebrafish to rodent hearts.
Recent findings: Light-sheet imaging enables rapid data acquisition with high spatiotemporal resolution and with minimal photo-bleaching or photo-toxicity. We demonstrated the capacity of this novel light-sheet approach for scanning a region of interest with specific fluorescence contrast, thereby providing axial and temporal resolution at the cellular level without stitching image columns or pivoting illumination beams during one-time imaging. This cutting-edge imaging technique allows for elucidating the differentiation of stem cells in cardiac regeneration, providing an entry point to discover novel micro-circulation phenomenon with clinical significance for injury and repair. These findings demonstrate the multi-scale applications of this novel light-sheet imaging strategy to advance research in cardiovascular development and regeneration.
Keywords: Cardiovascular injury; Doxorubicin; Light-sheet imaging; Regeneration.