Change and Stability at the Heart of the Spinal Cord : 2013

Photograph by

John Priestley

About this image

Confocal light micrograph of a longitudinal section through part of the spinal cord. The sample has been stained with fluorescent markers that bind to different structures and glow with specific colours when illuminated by a laser. Blue areas in the centre denote the walls of the central canal, surrounded by axons containing serotonin (red). Beyond these, offering structural support and protection, is a perineuronal net (green). This image was gathered digitally using a Zeiss LSM 710 microscope. Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom