TIRF Microscope Standard Operation Protocol Basic Operation

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TIRF Microscope Standard Operation Protocol
Basic Operation
 Please make sure that the COMPRESSED AIR has been TURNED ON prior to the use of the
equipment. Kindly inform the administrator if the gauge displays LOW level of compressed air.
Turn on system
Please sign on the log sheet before switching on system.
 Switch on main power control ①
 Switch on microscope ON/OFF switch ②
The following steps A to E are for TIRF users, please skip A –E if widefield will be used.
 Switch on iLAS Power switch A (For TIRF)
 Laser power B1(488nm), wait for ~30 sec to for laser warm up
 Once laser status is at “standby” mode, turn on laser key B2(488nm) to horizontal
 Laser power C1(561nm), wait for ~30 sec to for laser warm up
 Once laser status is at “standby” mode, turn on laser key C2(561nm) to horizontal
 Laser power D (405nm)
 Laser power E (642nm)
 Press computer ON/OFF (③) switch to turn it on.
 Click to log into USER at the startup screen
 Start the MetaMorph software
 For TIRF users, please click MetaMorph TIRF FRAP icon
 For widefield users, please click MetaMorph WF icon
Set the temperature and CO2 control for live cell imaging (Only applicable for live cell
imaging, please skip this step if it is not needed):
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Switch on “LCI” for temperature and CO2 control.
Turn on CO2 tank by turning the main switch anticlockwise
Turn on CO2 regulator by turning regulator clockwise to set output pressure at 100Kpa
Turn on tube switch for TIRF
Put on objective heater on objective if oil objective is used
LCI
100KPa
Main Switch
Regulator
Tube Switch
Locating the sample with the microscope
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Select objective by pressing the TFT touch screen
Put one drop of oil on the objective if 63x or 100x oil objective is used.
Put the sample on the stage
Turn the light path switch to “LED WF” if necessary
Turn the beam splitter knob to vertical
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 Click Eyepiece in MetaMorph software
 For Brightfield observation, click Trans and click Current shutter in “Trans” control box. Switch On
the Brightfield LED
Blue
Green
Red
 For Fluorescence observation, click WF XXX and
click Current shutter in “WF” control box
 Close laser shutter if needed
FarRed
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
 Focus with the coarse and fine adjustment knob
 Adjust brightfield LED light intensity or fluorescence LED light intensity if
necessary
 Find the right field of view for imaging with the stage controller
Switching to Acquisition mode
For widefield imaging:
 Turn the beam splitter knob clockwise to horizontal
 Click Camera in MetaMorph software
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
For TIRF imaging:
 Turn the light path switch to “TIRF”
 Turn the beam splitter knob to horizontal
 Open laser shutter
 Click Camera in MetaMorph software
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
Image Acquisition
 Click “Multi Dimensional Acquisition” on the task
bar
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on
touchscreen if necessary
 Select the function in the main list
 Set up acquisition configuration step by step
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 Click “Saving”
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Click “Select Directory” to set data saving
directory.
Note: All data should be saved in your own folder
in E drive/USER. No data is allowed in C drive.
Type in the base name of your file (experiment or
date or etc.) in “Base Name”. Do not use digit at
the end of the base name, a digit will be added by the
system according to the acquisition sequence.
Another suffix will be added for record time series
image (t1, t2….) or multi-stage-position image (s1,
s2….).
 Click “Wavelengths”
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Select “Multiple wavelengths” main menu
Select number of channels in “Number of
Wavelengths”
 Select each wavelength to set the required “Illumination”.
For Widefield Imaging:
 Select “WF DAPI” for Blue emission (such as DAPI)
 Select “WF GFP” for Green emission (such as GFP)
 Select “WF RFP” for Red emission (such as mCherry)
 Select “WF Cy5” for FarRed emission (such as mCherry)
 Select “Trans” for brightfield channel
For TIRF Imaging:
 Select “TIRF DAPI” for Blue emission (such as, BFP)
channel
 Select “TIRF GFP” for Green emission (such as, GFP)
channel
 Select “TIRF RFP” for Red emission (such as, mCherry)
channel
 Select “TIRF CY5” for Farred emission (such as, Cy5)
channel
 Select “Trans” for brightfield channel
Image Adjustment
For Widefiled Imaging:
 Select “W1” to adjust the first channel
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Click Live
at the bottom of “multi-dimensional
acquisition” panel to have real time image
Adjust EM Gain and Exposure time to have optimal
signal intensity
Adjust Gain if necessary (1x, 2x or 4x)
Select “W2” and repeat the same procedure to adjust
the second channel
Live
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For TIRF Imaging:
 Preview the image on screen by clicking Live
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at the bottom of “multi-dimensional
acquisition” and adjust the focus and
parameters (EM Gain, Exposure Time and
Laser Power) to achieve a well-focused and
properly illuminated image.
Click “TIRF” in ILas2 software panel
Adjust laser power by move the slider bar for
each laser
Adjust TIRF angle for each laser by move the
slider into the TIRF area. The actual Angle
and Penetration Depth are shown on the
panel.
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Widefield
TIRF
Drag bar to
adjust TIRF
angle
TIRF angle
adjustment
Laser power
adjustment
405nm 491nm 561nm
642nm
Click Acquire at the bottom to start acquisition of
necessary
Timelapse
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Set up “Time interval” between each acquisition
time point
Set up “Duration” for the whole experiment length
or “Number of time points”, the other one will be
calculated automatically.
Click Acquire in the bottom to start acquisition
of necessary
Multi stage positions
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Give a Label for your stage positions; (Label
name should be ended with digit “1”. The
number will be automatically updated to record
the subsequence position.)
Use “Live” mode to find the right position (x, y)
and focus level (z)
Click “+” to add the position (x, y, z) in position
list
To overwrite recorded stage position, highlight
the one to be overwrote and click “+”.
Click Acquire in the bottom to start
acquisition of necessary
Adjust Focus during Time Lapse
Acquisition
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After the start of acquisition, you can
“Pause” the acquisition to adjust the
position and time interval. Click “Live”,
choose a Position and click “Go to’.
Choose a suitable Wavelength, adjust
the position and focus and then click
“Set to current”. Click Stop and then
“Resume” for continuing the acquisition.
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Definite Focus Unit
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Select “Multiple Stage Positions” and “Use Dual Z Motors” in main menu.
Select “Every Time Point” or “Every Nth Time Point” in “Hardware Auto Focus” dropdown list
Select “Move to memorized auto focus position” in stage panel then press “+” to add the position in the
list
Z Series
 Select “ Z Series” in main menu
For Spherical object, use “Range around current”
mode:
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Tick “Range around current”
Focus the centre of your object
Set up “Step Size” for distance between each
focus plane
Set up “Number of Steps” for the total number
of planes
Otherwise, use “Top” and “Bottom” mode:
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Tick off “Range around current”
Find any one end of your sample with fine
focus, click “Set Top To Current”
Find the other end of your sample with fine
focus, click “Set Bottom To Current”
Set up “Step Size” or “Number of Steps” for
distance between each focus plane
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FRAP
 Targeted laser calibration
 Preview the image on screen by clicking Live
at the bottom of “multi-dimensional
acquisition”
 Select “Calibration” in “Targeted Laser” on iLas panel
 Load the latest FRAP calibration setting
Save
Load
calibration calibration
setting
setting
Laser
Power
adjustment
for FRAP
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to activate the targeted laser. Adjust the focus and parameters (EM Gain,
 Click on the icon
Exposure Time and laser power) to achieve a highly contrasted laser spot image in MetaMorph
Live window.
 Move the red cross in the grey calibration area to bring the laser spot to the top left corner and
press
 Bring the laser spot to the bottom right corner and press
 Click on the calibration button
to begin calibration
 When calibration is done, click on the save icon
to save the calibration setting
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 FRAP Experimental Protocol
 Select FRAP MDA template in main iLas window
 Preview the image on screen by clicking Live
at the bottom
of “multi-dimensional acquisition” and adjust the focus and
parameters (EM Gain, Exposure Time and Laser Power) to
achieve a well-focused and properly illuminated image.
 Click “Targeted Laser” in iLas window
 Mark the region of interest (ROI) using the region tools
MetaMorph and ROI(s) by click
 Adjust bleaching parameters (No of repetitions, laser power)
 The testing bleaching could be done by click laser activation button
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Laser
Power
adjustment
for FRAP
ROIs
Total time
for bleaching
No. of bleaching cycles
Line Thickness (line only)
Laser activation button
 Click FRAP Tab, set up time
interval and duration for Pre
& Post sequence acquisition
 Click Setup MDA to import
the parameters into Mulit
Dimensional Acquisition
widow in metaMorph
 Click on the Acquire icon
to begin acquisition
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Review Acquired Images
 Click Review Multi Dimensional Data in the
Task Bar after Images Acquisition
 Choose your folder in Select Directory and
select an image Data set (base name +suffix.
nd) and then click View
 Select the Wavelength acquired to be
displayed.
 Display a single image by clicking any single
grid.
 Select Stage position in the pull down menu.
 To review series images, left click the header
number of the Row or Column for displaying
images of Time series or Z-series respectively.
Then click Load Image (s)
 To export series images as movie, please refer
to MetaMorph analysis software protocol.
 To Overlay images of different channels, check
the Color Composite box in the Display tab
and then assign corresponding channel to the
RGB color to composite a overlay image.
 To stack all plans in a z-series to create a single
2D image, choose Maximum projection in Z
Projection tab and check the Z Projection box.
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Turn off system
Please check if the equipment will be used by other users. Please switch off system if no one books
equipment over two sessions (1h) after you.
 Oil lens (i.e. 63x/100x), IF USED, must be thoroughly cleaned using lens cleaning tissues
(NOT KIMWIPES).
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Oil residue from the objective lens should firstly be removed using a DRY lens tissue.
The surface is then wiped with another lens tissue with 100% ethanol.
Objective lens is subsequently wiped dry with lens tissue.
Switch objective to 10x and lower focus level to the lowest position by pressing “load position” on
touchscreen.
Close MetaMorph software
Transfer data to Faculty Core Facility storage server and shut down computer
Switch off temperature and CO2 controller by switch off LCI.
Turn off CO2 tank by turning the main switch clockwise
Turn off CO2 regulator by turning regulator clockwise to the end
Turn off tube switch for TIRF
Take off objective heater on objective
LCI
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Main Switch
Regulator
Switch off laser power E (642nm)
Switch off laser power D (405nm)
Switch off C2, wait the laser output decreases to 0, then switch off C1 (561nm)
Switch off B2, wait the laser output decreases to 0, then switch off B1 (488nm)
Switch off Power switch A (For TIRF)
Tube Switch
Those are for
TIRF users,
please skip E –A
if widefield has
been used.
 Switch off microscope ON/OFF switch ②
 Switch off main power control ①
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Instruction on Switching between Acquisition & Observation
Switching to Acquisition Mode
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For widefield imaging:
 Turn the beam splitter knob clockwise to horizontal
 Click Camera in MetaMorph software
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
 For TIRF imaging:
 Turn the light path switch to “TIRF”
 Turn the beam splitter knob to horizontal
 Open laser shutter
 Click Camera in MetaMorph software
 Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
Switching to Observation Mode
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For widefield imaging:
 Click Eyepiece in MetaMorph software
 Turn the beam splitter knob clockwise to vertical
 For TIRF imaging:
 Close laser shutter
 Turn the beam splitter knob to vertical
 Turn the light path switch to “WF”
 Click Eyepiece in MetaMorph software
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For Brightfield observation, click Trans and click Current shutter in “Trans” control box.
For Fluorescence observation, click WF XXX and click Current shutter in “WF” control box
Open the RL Illumination shutter by press “On” on touchscreen if necessary
Blue
Green
Red
FarRed
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