Since I am still not quite as good with my non-dominant hand, I went with something more simple (yet still neurosciency) on my other hand for the conference! I present: a neuron! Unlike the one on the pointer of my other hand (see Friday’s post), this is a neuron from the central rather than peripheral nervous system. I didn’t really have a specific neuronal type in mind, but I would guess hippocampal if I had to.
Real neurons can be very very long, and the cell body to axon ratio is insane. Of course, I had to make them fit across my nails. So the ratio is not real. It’s a cartoon! But of course, I had to myelinate it :-p
– Black: Zoya – Storm
– Green: Essie – The More The Merrier (here, the cell cytoplasm)
– Blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue (here, the cell nucleus)
– Grey: NYC – Sidewalkers (here, the myelin sheath)
Most of the things here are actually somewhat real-colored, in terms of staining. DAPI is a common reagent used to stain the cell nucleus and it is blue. Many of my cells are green due to a GFP tag on a cytoplasmic protein. Mylein is generally shown in grey (don’t ask me why exactly). Enjoy!
***Other news: I am (yet again) entered in a nail art contest over at Nail Polish Canada. I would be very much obliged if you clicked this link, scrolled to the bottom, and voted for ‘flightofwhimsy’. Thank you! 🙂 ***