A versatile oblique plane microscope for large-scale and high-resolution imaging of subcellular dynamics

Elife. 2020 Nov 12:9:e57681. doi: 10.7554/eLife.57681.


We present an oblique plane microscope (OPM) that uses a bespoke glass-tipped tertiary objective to improve the resolution, field of view, and usability over previous variants. Owing to its high numerical aperture optics, this microscope achieves lateral and axial resolutions that are comparable to the square illumination mode of lattice light-sheet microscopy, but in a user friendly and versatile format. Given this performance, we demonstrate high-resolution imaging of clathrin-mediated endocytosis, vimentin, the endoplasmic reticulum, membrane dynamics, and Natural Killer-mediated cytotoxicity. Furthermore, we image biological phenomena that would be otherwise challenging or impossible to perform in a traditional light-sheet microscope geometry, including cell migration through confined spaces within a microfluidic device, subcellular photoactivation of Rac1, diffusion of cytoplasmic rheological tracers at a volumetric rate of 14 Hz, and large field of view imaging of neurons, developing embryos, and centimeter-scale tissue sections.

Keywords: cell biology; fluorescence; light-sheet; microfluidics; microscopy; none; optogenetics; particle tracking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / instrumentation
  • Microscopy, Confocal / instrumentation*
  • Microscopy, Confocal / methods*
  • Plasmids
  • Rats
  • Single-Cell Analysis / methods*