In a recent paper, researchers demonstrated a new excitation light source that uses Prizmatix LEDs featuring high stability and fast switching to precisely match the excitation spectra of the commonly used Fura-2 Ca²⁺ indicator.

Manoop Chenchiliyan and his colleagues at Bar-Ilan University in Israel use calcium imaging to study the intracellular concentration of free ionized calcium (Ca²⁺). Ca²⁺ plays a key role in triggering a range of cellular events such as the contractile activity of muscle cells, neurotransmitter release, and oocyte fertilization.

“Understanding the spatial-temporal characteristics of Ca2+ signals are critically important in gaining the knowledge of the physiological regulations of the biological systems, which would provide new leads for pharmacological approaches,” said Chenchiliyan.

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