Unknown structures (the bright, white splotches)

First for me, while categorizing. I don’t think I’ve seen this before in such quantity…
What are the bright and white, irregularly-shaped splotches in this video?

Are they large vessels clogged with stalls?

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Thank you for the question @Plenum! I am not sure myself, but I asked our biomedical researchers – let’s see what they say!

Hi again!

Nozomi (@nn62) just responded about this, and looks like it’s not a vessel at all!

This is not a blood vessel, but a cell that has taken up the dye that labels the blood vessels. Overtime, some of the dye in the blood vessels will leak into the surrounding tissue. There are several classes of cell including macrophages that phagocytose or “eat” debris, “cleaning” the tissues. This is likely what is happening here. This is a cell that has gathered up and sequestered the leaked dye.

It also seems to be happening in the dura tissue which should be masked/removed in the preprocessing of the movies, but algorithms are not smart enough to get all of them yet! :triumph: :desktop: They are planning to look into this – find out why these surface vessels got in there.

So, with Nozomi’s reply, its the macrophages that gradually absorb the dye, thus producing the splotchy areas next to the vessel walls.

To further this topic, we have a note from Egle regarding the SIZE of the macrophages:

"Yes, macrophages are the largest blood cells I think!

"Here’s some pics for scale:

(monocytes are precursors for macrophages)

Those above are human cells – a human macrophage is about 21 micrometers, while a human capillary is about 5-10 micrometers. Those proportions are probably similar in mice too!

(Monocytes, at 20 micrometers, are comparable to the size of macrophages, (Latin: “big mouth”) at 21 micrometers and vary greatly in their names and morphology according to where they reside, whether in the lungs [as alveolar macrophages], liver [Kupffer cells], placenta [Hofbauer cells], kidneys [intraglomerular mesangial cells], brain [microglia], etc.
[Note by Plenum per Wikipedia information. ])

Okay-y-y… Well, for me, two take-aways… First, I’m truly surprised at the size of the macrophages., and want to read up on what other sources have to say about the cell. Second, the algorithm, still not perfect, blacks portions of the video, but has not learned to black out the macrophages. This explains the blacked out portions we’ve seen in the last few weeks.

“Mystery of the White Splotch” seems solved… Dye absorbed by Macrophages.


Might take a look at this video at the very beginning… Just my guess, but they appear to be cells (macrophages?) residing on the vessels. If so, this is at a much lower resolution.


OK, just to clarify then, this particular best-fit “vessel” is really not a stall. Correct? Now if the algorithm would just stop featuring them. :wink:

Right, not a stall.

Lol yeah it would be great if the algorithm got it’s marbles together! :smiley: (Hoping the lab will deal with this in due course…)

Okay, the latest on the “white splotches” which also include the small white balls seen in an earlier video:

Nozomi (the biomed specialist) replied the following…

“To be honest, I don’t know what these are. Some of the bright deposits look to be in the same position where we see some categories of macrophages, but there are quite a few of them. We would have to do some additional experiments to try to figure this out. One of the challenges of the live imaging with two-photon microscopy is that we only see what we label, or occasionally, what generates fluorescent molecules, like what is happening in these images. To get more information about the cells and structures that we see with in vivo imaging, we will extract the brains after the last imaging session, cut the brain tissue into thin slices and mount the tissue sections onto microscope slides. Then we can apply additional labels that bind to specific cell types and proteins to see other cells that were not visible before.”

:scream::sweat_smile: I will ask if those experiments are actually planned or hypothetical :thinking:
(So, onwards!)

Thanks, Seplute and Nozomi!!

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