Author: Wei Ni
I use Leica TCS SP5 Confocal Microscope for imaging, red channel for DHE signaling (pay attention to the special excitation and emission parameters) and green channel for collagen auto-fluorescence (I used the default setting for Alexa 488). Here is an example of DHE staining on mouse aorta.
3.Go to Process→Image Calculator. Subtract the image green (image 2) from image red (image 1).
4.If the intensities of auto florescence are similar in these two channels, you will get rid off the auto fluorescence in red channel in the result (a new image will pop up, image 3). If you still have auto fluoresce in the result, just simply do the subtraction again. Make sure you do everything the same for images in all groups.
5.Now we are ready to count the intensively of DHE signal. Click the result image (image 3), Go to Analyze → Measure, you will get integrated intensity for DHE signal.
6.You may notice, when you take images, the amount of blood vessel in each image may be different. For normalization, I count the area of auto fluorescence to represent the sample size in the image using image 2. Click image 2, go to Process→ Binary→ Make Binary (image 4). The binary step takes out the intensity variation of auto fluorescence in each image. Now, click image 4, Go to Analyze → Measure. Use the integrated intensity (represents area of auto fluorescence) for normalization.
7.Calculate DHE signal / auto fluorescence signal ratio and compare each group.