Preparation of rat oligodendrocyte progenitor cultures and quantification of oligodendrogenesis using dual-infrared fluorescence scanning

Jason T. Schott, Leslie A. Kirby, Peter A. Calabresi, Emily G. Baxi

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Abstract

Efficient oligodendrogenesis is the therapeutic goal of a number of areas of research including spinal cord injury, neonatal hypoxia, and demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis. Myelination is required to not only facilitate rapid impulse propagation within the central nervous system, but also to provide trophic support to underlying axons. Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) can be studied in vitro to help identify factors that may promote or inhibit oligodendrocyte differentiation. To date, many of the methods available to evaluate this process have either required large numbers of cells, thus limiting the number of conditions that can be investigated at any one time, or labor-intensive methods of quantification. Herein, we describe a protocol for the isolation of large numbers of highly pure OPCs together with a fast and reliable method to determine oligodendrogenesis from multiple conditions simultaneously. OPCs are isolated from P5-P7 neonatal rat cortices and grown in vitro for three days prior to differentiation. Four days after differentiation, oligodendrogenesis is evaluated using a dual-infrared fluorescence-scanning assay to determine expression of the myelin protein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere53764
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Volume2016
Issue number108
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2016

Keywords

  • A2B5
  • Cytoblot
  • Developmental biology
  • Issue 108
  • Myelin basic protein
  • Oligodendrocyte progenitor cell
  • Oligodendrogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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