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SIMS imaging in neurobiology and cell biology

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Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) has been increasingly recognized as a powerful technique for visualizing molecular architectures in the fields of neurobiology and cell biology. There are two main platforms of SIMS, namely ToF-SIMS and nanoscale SIMS (nanoSIMS), which are capable of imaging different types of biomolecules with resolution at the single cell and organelle level, respectively. In this review, we focus on the fundamental aspects of SIMS, as well as on the current ongoing instrumental developments of this technology. Selective applications of SIMS in neurobiological and cell biological research are provided to demonstrate its strengths, limitations, and future potential in the field. We add several examples of correlative imaging techniques that combine SIMS with other technologies, while highlighting the current trend for comprehensive and specific bio-imaging.

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The article was received on 01 Apr 2019, accepted on 08 May 2019 and first published on 09 May 2019


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C9JA00118B
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2019,34, 1355-1368
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    SIMS imaging in neurobiology and cell biology

    P. Agüi-Gonzalez, S. Jähne and N. T. N. Phan, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2019, 34, 1355
    DOI: 10.1039/C9JA00118B

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