4 years ago

A compartmentalized culture device for studying the axons of CNS neurons

We report here the development of a compartmentalized culture device that allows the spatial separation of the somatodendrites and axons of central nervous system (CNS) neurons. The device consists of two compartments separated by a septum constructed by attaching a porous polycarbonate track etch (PCTE) filter on top of a microchannel-filled polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane. The surface and microchannels of the septum are coated and filled, respectively, with materials that support neuron growth and neurite migration. When rat hippocampal neurons are cultured in the top compartment, axons are the only processes that can migrate through the septum to the bottom compartment. The axons in the bottom compartment can be studied directly in real-time or through immunofluorescence staining after fixation. Axons containing ∼3 μg protein can be isolated from each device for biochemical analyses. In addition, the septum also impedes the movement of small molecules between the top and bottom compartments. This feature allows the somatodendrites and axons of neurons, which occupy the top and bottom compartments of the device, respectively, to be manipulated independently. The potential applications of the device as a tool in diverse studies concerning neuronal axons and in screening reagents that regulate axonal functions have also been discussed.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0003269717303792

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.