Protocols in Current Issue
    A High-throughput qPCR-based Method to Genotype the SOD1G93A Mouse Model for Relative Copy Number
    Authors:  Valerie R. Tassinari and Fernando G. Vieira, date: 06/20/2019, view: 399, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The most commonly used mouse model in ALS preclinical research expresses multiple copies of the human SOD1 (G93A) transgene. During the course of breeding, successive generations of mice can lose copies of the transgene. Because shorter lifespan of these mice is dependent on transgene copy number, it is essential to ensure that no low-copy, and ...
    Measurement of Sleep and Arousal in Drosophila
    Authors:  Margaret E. Driscoll, Callen Hyland and Divya Sitaraman, date: 06/20/2019, view: 274, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sleep is a conserved neurobehavioral state observed in animals with sufficiently complex nervous systems and is critical for survival. While the exact function of sleep remains unknown, the lack of sleep can have a range of physiological and behavioral effects. Studies in invertebrates and vertebrates have identified conserved neural mechanisms ...
    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: 299, 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 ...
    Neurostore: A Novel Cryopreserving Medium for Primary Neurons
    Authors:  Francesca Pischedda and Giovanni Piccoli, date: 06/20/2019, view: 301, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Primary neuronal culture from rodents is a key tool in neurobiology. However, the preparation of primary cultures requires precise planning, starting from animal mating. Furthermore, each preparation generates a high amount of cells that eventually go wasted. The possibility to cryopreserve primary neural cells represents a resource for in vitro ...
    Rat Model of Empathy for Pain
    Authors:  Yang Yu, Chun-Li Li, Rui Du and Jun Chen, date: 06/20/2019, view: 284, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Empathy for pain is referred to as an evolutionary behavior of social animals and humans associated with the ability to feel, recognize, understand and share the other's distressing (pain, social rejection and catastrophe) states. Impairment of empathy can definitely lead to deficits in social communication and sociability (attachment, bond, ...
    Optical Stimulation and Electrophysiological Analysis of Regenerating Peripheral Axons
    Authors:  Patricia J. Ward and Arthur W. English, date: 06/20/2019, view: 243, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Although axons in the peripheral nervous system can regenerate, functional recovery after nerve injuries is poor. Activity-based therapies, such as exercise and electrical stimulation, enhance the regeneration of cut peripheral axons. Despite their effectiveness, clinical application of these experimental techniques has been limited. At least part ...
    Accessing Olfactory Habituation in Drosophila melanogaster with a T-maze Paradigm
    Authors:  Ourania Semelidou, Summer F. Acevedo and Efthimios M.C. Skoulakis, date: 06/05/2019, view: 354, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Habituation is the process whereby perceptual changes alter the value of environmental stimuli, enabling salience filtering. This behavioral response decrement is a form of non-associative learning, where the subject learns about the stimulus and does not involve sensory adaptation, sensory or motor fatigue. The range of behavioral responses in D. ...
    Protocol to Quantitatively Assess the Structural Integrity of Perineuronal Nets ex vivo
    Authors:  Bhanu P. Tewari and Harald Sontheimer, date: 05/20/2019, view: 442, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are extracellular matrix assemblies of highly negatively charged proteoglycans that wrap around fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) expressing interneurons in the cerebral cortex. PNNs play important roles in neuronal plasticity and modulate biophysical properties of the enclosed interneurons. Various central nervous system ...
    Inducing Alcohol Dependence in Rats Using Chronic Intermittent Exposure to Alcohol Vapor
    Authors:  Elizabeth M. Avegno and Nicholas W. Gilpin, date: 05/05/2019, view: 415, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a significant public health and economic burden and is often characterized by repeated bouts of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal. Virtually all organ systems are impacted by chronic alcohol exposure. These effects can be investigated using the rat as a model organism; however, rats typically will not ...
    Displaced Object Recognition Memory in Rats
    Authors:  Ali N. Mclagan and Jena B. Hales, date: 04/20/2019, view: 604, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Displaced Object Recognition (DOR) task, sometimes called the Novel Object Location task, assesses spatial recognition memory without navigational demands, explicit instruction, or the need for multiple days of training. This memory task has two phases. First, the subject is familiarized to an open arena with two objects and is allowed to ...

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