We describe a water-based optical clearing agent, SeeDB (See Deep Brain), which clears fixed brain samples in a few days without quenching many types of fluorescent dyes, including fluorescent proteins and lipophilic neuronal tracers. SeeDB is a saturated solution of fructose (80.2% w/w) in water with 0.5% α-thioglycerol. In standard SeeDB optical clearing procedure, we treat paraformaldehyde-fixed embryo and brain samples with increasing concentrations of aqueous fructose solutions, and finally equilibrate them in SeeDB. The entire procedure takes approximately three days. Unlike previous methods, this method maintains a constant sample volume during the clearing procedure, an important factor to keep cellular morphology intact. After optical clearing, we can reach > 1,000 μm under confocal microscopy. When combined with two-photon microscopy, SeeDB allows us to image fixed mouse brains at millimeters-scale level. This method facilitates comprehensive and quantitative analyses for understanding neuronal circuitry, both in the adult and developing mouse brain. A SeeDB variant (SeeDB37) and optimized procedures (SeeDBp and SeeDB37ht protocols) are also supplied for specific requirements.
Thanks for your further question/comment. It has been sent to the author(s) of this protocol. You will receive a notification once your question/comment is addressed again by the author(s).
Meanwhile, it would be great if you could help us to spread the word about Bio-protocol.