human herpesvirus neurons

human herpesvirus neurons

mouse and human neuronal cultures are used to study HSV infection

Paired fluorescence and "phase" (white light) images of uninfected neurons (top and bottom left) and neurons infected with HSV (top and bottom right). As is clearly visible in the white light images, these neurons form dense networks of connections. Fluorescent dyes can be used to stain and highlight the individual filaments of these networks (top left) as well as to detect a specific viral protein expressed during HSV infection (top right).

Image: Moriah Szpara