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    Live-cell Migration Assays to Study Motility of Neural and Glial (Oligodendrocyte) Progenitor Cells
    Authors:  Chu-Yen Chen, Fu-Sheng Chou and Pei-Shan Wang, date: 06/20/2019, view: 566, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cell motility has been extensively studied in in vitro models using fibroblasts and keratocytes, but the cell type-specific mechanisms underlying migration of lineage- or disease-specific cells, such as neural and glial progenitor cells, remain an active field for investigation. The migrating neural and glial progenitor cells contribute ...
    Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) into an Effective Model of Forebrain Neural Progenitor Cells and Mature Neurons
    [Abstract] Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) are pluripotent stem cells that can be generated from somatic cells, and provide a way to model the development of neural tissues in vitro. One particularly interesting application of iPSCs is the development of neurons analogous to those found in the human forebrain. Forebrain neurons play a central ...
    Collagenase-based Single Cell Isolation of Primary Murine Brain Endothelial Cells Using Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Cathrin J. Czupalla, Hanadie Yousef, Tony Wyss-Coray and Eugene C. Butcher, date: 11/20/2018, view: 2979, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The brain endothelium is a highly specialized vascular structure that maintains the activity and integrity of the central nervous system (CNS). Previous studies have reported that the integrity of the brain endothelium is compromised in a plethora of neuropathologies. Therefore, it is of particular interest to establish a method that enables ...
    Papain-based Single Cell Isolation of Primary Murine Brain Endothelial Cells Using Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Hanadie Yousef, Cathrin J Czupalla, Davis Lee, Eugene C Butcher and Tony Wyss-Coray, date: 11/20/2018, view: 2575, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Brain endothelial cells (BECs) form the integral component of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) which separates the systemic milieu from the brain parenchyma and protects the brain from pathogens and circulating factors. In order to study BEC biology, it was of particular interest to establish a method that enables researchers to investigate and ...
    Phagocytosis Assay for α-Synuclein Fibril Uptake by Mouse Primary Microglia
    Authors:  Cuilian Du, Feifan Zhang and Claire Xi Zhang, date: 09/05/2018, view: 1514, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microglia are professional phagocytes in the brain and deficiency in their phagocytic activity plays an important role in Parkinson’s disease. This protocol mainly describes the phagocytosis assay for uptake of α-synuclein preformed fibrils, a pathologic form of α-synuclein, by primary microglia.
    Preparation of Cerebellum Granule Neurons from Mouse or Rat Pups and Evaluation of Clostridial Neurotoxin Activity and Their Inhibitors by Western Blot and Immunohistochemistry
    Authors:  Domenico Azarnia Tehran and Marco Pirazzini, date: 07/05/2018, view: 3136, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cerebellar Granule Neurons (CGN) from post-natal rodents have been widely used as a model to study neuronal development, physiology and pathology. CGN cultured in vitro maintain the same features displayed in vivo by mature cerebellar granule cells, including the development of a dense neuritic network, neuronal activity, ...
    Isolation and Maintenance of Striatal Neurons
    Authors:  Luana  Naia and A. Cristina Rego, date: 04/20/2018, view: 2723, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Primary cultures of murine striatal neurons are widely used to explore cellular mechanisms in neurobiology, including brain diseases. Here we describe a detailed and standardized protocol to dissect and culture embryonic murine striatal neurons GABA-positive/DARPP-32-positive for 12 days in vitro, when they show good neuronal cell ...
    Culture and Nucleofection of Postnatal Day 7 Cortical and Cerebellar Mouse Astroglial Cells
    Authors:  Malek Chouchane and Marcos Romualdo Costa, date: 02/05/2018, view: 2812, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Lineage reprogramming of astroglial cells isolated from different brain regions leads to the generation of different neuronal subtypes. This protocol describes the isolation and culture of neocortical and cerebellar astrocytes from postnatal mice. We also present a comprehensive description of the main steps towards successful gene delivery in ...
    Obtaining Multi-electrode Array Recordings from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell–Derived Neurons
    Authors:  Xiaohong Xu, Carola I. Radulescu, Kagistia Hana Utami and Mahmoud A. Pouladi , date: 11/20/2017, view: 5309, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neuronal electrical properties are often aberrant in neurological disorders. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)-derived neurons represent a useful platform for neurological disease modeling, drug discovery and toxicity screening in vitro. Multi-electrode array (MEA) systems offer a non-invasive and label-free platform to record ...
    Organotypic Brain Cultures: A Framework for Studying CNS Infection by Neurotropic Viruses and Screening Antiviral Drugs
    [Abstract] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 50% of emerging viruses endowed with pathogenicity in humans can infect the Central Nervous System (CNS) with induction of encephalitis and other neurologic diseases (Taylor et al., 2001; Olival and Daszak, 2005). While neurological diseases are progressively documented, the ...



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