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Leica SP8 Confocal, STED, FLIM System

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Gallery Image: Drosophila gut stem cells expressing chimeric epidermal growth factor receptor taken on the Leica SP8 confocal by Dr. Robert Fuentes and the sample prepared by Dr. Mohamed Mlih.

Capabilities:

The Leica SP8 confocal microscope is for live cell imaging with high-speed, multi-spectral, super-sensitivity, super-resolution, and fluorescence lifetime capability.

  • Live Cell Imaging with Adaptive Focus Control (AFC) to automatically maintain focus in time-lapse experiments.
  • Navigator Software Module creates a fast overview of samples.
  • Lightning GPU-based Deconvolution resolves structures down to 120nm.
  • Resonant Scanning Mode for high speed scanning and less phototoxicity to live cells. Scan at speeds up to 40 fps (512 x 512px) or 428 fps (512 x 16px).
  • Gating to remove unwanted short-lifetime signal such as tissue autofluorescence or unwanted reflection.
  • FALCON-Fluorescence lifetime imaging module-follow fast molecular interactions via FLIM-FRET (Forster Resonance Energy Transfer).
  • Superrsesolution with STED (Stimulated Emission Depletion) with XY resolution down to ~40 nm

Specifications:

Imaging Modes: Fluorescence spectral imaging, STED superresolution, FLIM, Brightfield, and DIC

Objectives:

  • HC PL APO 10x/0.40 CS2
  • HC PL APO 20x/0.75 IMM CORR CS2 – multi-immersion objective (oil, glycerol, water)
  • HC PL APO 40x/1.10 W motCORR CS2 – water immersion, motorized aberration correction
  • HC PL APO 63x/1.30 GLYC CORR CS2 – Glycerol immersion for samples mounted in glycerol-based mounting media
  •  HC PL APO 100x/1.40 OIL for STED superresolution

Lasers:

  • 405 nm CW laser, for dyes excited in UV and violet (e.g., DAPI, Hoechst dyes)
  • 440 nm pulsed laser for fluorescence and FLIM, FLIM-FRET (e.g., CFP, CFP-YFP FRET)
  • WLL (470nm-670nm), white light pulsed laser. Choose up to eight emission lines anywhere in the range. Allows acquisition of excitation and emission spectra.
  • 775 nm pulsed depletion laser for STED superresolution. Allows x,y (2D) resolution down to ~40nm. This is designed for dyes like Abberior STAR 635 or Alexa Fluor 647. A second color is possible with dyes excited around 590nm.

Detectors:

  • Two standard PMT detectors
  • Three hybrid detectors HyD SMD with superior sensitivity and single photon counting.
  • Two APD (Avalanche Photodiode Detector) for excellent sensitivity in the red/far red region of the spectrum to handle new NIR probes.

Stage:

  • Standard motorized stage
  • OkoLab enclosure and stage top gas chamber for long-term, live cell imaging maintains humidity, temperature and CO₂.

Software: LAS X software modules for multi-dimensional, STED and tau-STED, and FLIM imaging with Phasor analysis.

For imaging services, training or other questions

please contact Stanislav Vitha, stanvitha@tamu.edu.


Instructions and How-to documents:

Leica_SP8-STED-FLIM_Training_Policy.pdf

TAMU MIC Leica SP8 User Guide Startup/shutdown procedures, Instrument settings, Setting up multi-channel image acquisition, LIGHTNING deconvolution, ..

Download the LAS X Core confocal and FLIM viewers: https://webshare.leica-microsystems.com/latest/core/confocal/ 

Leica guidelines to STED sample preparation: choosing fluorochromes, mounting media, … https://www.leica-microsystems.com/science-lab/the-guide-to-sted-sample-preparation/

Leica LAS X tips and tutorials – Leica Microsystems YouTube channel – Instructional videos on many aspects of image acquisition in LAS X (Navigator, multi-well plate imaging, autofocus, flat field correction, File management, opening LAS X files in FIJI/ImageJ, ..).

Video: Adjusting the correction collar on the 20x multi-immersion objective (or the 63x glycerol immersion objective), using the endoscope camera installed on the system.

The Leica SP8 is housed in a BL2 lab.

Instructions for gaining access found here: How to get access to the BL-2 lab