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Ex Vivo Myelination and Remyelination in Cerebellar Slice Cultures as a Quantitative Model for Developmental and Disease-Relevant Manipulations

doi: 10.3791/61044 Published: June 12, 2020
Kimberle Shen1, Tracy J. Yuen1

Abstract

Studying myelination in vitro and in vivo poses numerous challenges. The differentiation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) in vitro, although scalable, does not recapitulate axonal myelination. OPC-neuron cocultures and OPC-fiber cultures allow for the examination of in vitro myelination, but they lack additional cell types that are present in vivo, such as astrocytes and microglia. In vivo mouse models, however, are less amenable to chemical, environmental, and genetic manipulation and are much more labor intensive. Here, we describe an ex vivo mouse cerebellar slice culture (CSC) quantitative system that is useful for: 1) studying developmental myelination, 2) modeling demyelination and remyelination, and 3) conducting translational research. Sagittal sections of the cerebellum and hindbrain are isolated from postnatal day (P) 0–2 mice, after which they myelinate ex vivo for 12 days. During this period, slices can be manipulated in various ways, including the addition of compounds to test for an effect on developmental myelination. In addition, tissue can be fixed for electron microscopy to assess myelin ultrastructure and compaction. To model disease, CSC can be subjected to acute hypoxia to induce hypomyelination. Demyelination in these explants can also be induced by lysolecithin, which allows for the identification of factors that promote remyelination. Aside from chemical and environmental modifications, CSC can be isolated from transgenic mice and are responsive to genetic manipulation induced with Ad-Cre adenoviruses and tamoxifen. Thus, cerebellar slice cultures are a fast, reproducible, and quantifiable model for recapitulating myelination.

Introduction

Myelination of axons enables the rapid propagation of action potentials, a mechanism known as saltatory conduction1. The importance of myelin is underscored by demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), which include a wide range of debilitating manifestations, including loss of vision, cognitive issues, and paralysis. There is no cure for MS, and current therapies focus on limiting disease progression by targeting peripheral immune cells. Disability in MS and related diseases is thought to be driven by a failure of remyelination and progressive neurodegeneration. In particular, demyelination, atrophy, and axonal loss are observed in progressive MS2,3. Thus, promoting remyelination represents a promising strategy that could be carried out in parallel to current treatments and yield additional therapeutic benefits.

In the central nervous system (CNS), myelination is carried out by specialized glial cells known as oligodendrocytes. Oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) differentiate into mature, myelinating oligodendrocytes through a series of highly orchestrated steps, including the growth of processes that contact axons, increases in morphological complexity, expansion of the myelin membrane, and finally, myelin sheath compaction4. Thus, the interaction between oligodendrocytes and neurons is highly intimate. Reciprocal interactions between neurons and oligodendrocytes are also required for the health and maintenance of the CNS2. Axonal activity plays a role in stimulating myelination and glial neurotrophic factors support the integrity of neurons. The importance of glia-glia crosstalk in the CNS is also becoming increasingly recognized5,6,7,8. For instance, astrocytic factors can influence the differentiation of OPCs and the maintenance of white matter tracts. Microglia also play a role in modulating OPC differentiation as well as clearing myelin debris, an important step of the remyelination process. Identifying cell-autonomous factors and understanding the influence of other CNS cell types in demyelination and remyelination will be invaluable for developing therapies for demyelinating and dysmyelinating diseases.

Here, we describe an ex vivo system using mouse cerebellar slice cultures (CSC) that allows for the manipulation and quantification of intact CNS tissue. Use of CSC allows myelination, or remyelination after the induction of demyelination by lysolecithin9,10, to be measured using methods traditionally used with in vivo studies, such as immunostaining and electron microscopy11,12,13. Lysolecithin is a membrane-disrupting chemical that results in a rapid loss of myelin and oligodendrocytes. A potential caveat to note is that lysolecithin may also result in the reduction of other cell types close to the lesion area. Unlike in vivo experiments, however, sagittal slices of the cerebellum can be easily manipulated via the addition of compounds, or genetically altered using Ad-Cre adenoviruses. The method also allows for manipulation of isolated tissue from transgenic mice or mice subjected to environmental insults such as hypoxia11,12,13,14. The CSC model thus allows the study of developmental myelination, modeling of disease, and identification of factors that promote or inhibit myelination, while integrating the contributions of different CNS cell types to oligodendrocyte function.

Protocol

All animal studies were authorized and approved by the Genentech Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

1. Preparation of media and supplies for dissection (~30–45 min)

  1. Prepare and sterile filter slice culture medium (SCM) and dissection medium (DM) as detailed in Table 1. Store at 4 °C. If any factors are being tested for the myelination assay, add them to the SCM just before use.
  2. Pipette 1 mL of SCM into each well of 6 well plate.
  3. Using sterile forceps, place an organotypic insert into each well, ensuring no bubbles are trapped under the membrane. Warm the plate with media at 37 °C in 7.5% CO2 incubator.

2. Preparation of the dissection area (~5–10 min)

  1. Perform procedures in a sterile laminar flow hood or on the benchtop with adequate aseptic techniques for all steps of the procedure. Wipe all areas clean with 70% ethanol.
  2. Place a new blade and silicone cutting stage on the tissue chopper. Pipette ~300 µL of sterile water or 70% ethanol under the cutting stage to ensure it stays in place.
  3. Use a cotton swab to gently wipe the tissue chopper blade and cutting stage with 70% ethanol. Dry before using the tissue chopper.
  4. Spray all dissection tools with 70% ethanol and dry prior to the dissection.
  5. Prepare two 10 cm Petri dishes: one with 15–20 mL of DM, one with 10 mL of SCM. Store on ice. Keep all media and Petri dishes on ice when not dissecting.

3. Cerebellar slice culture dissection (~15–20 min per pup)

  1. Place the Petri dish with DM on a dissecting microscope.
  2. Euthanize a mouse pup, postnatal day P0–2, by swift decapitation with sharp scissors.
  3. Place the head in the Petri dish with DM under the dissecting microscope to clear blood.
  4. Using fine scissors, cut once on each lateral edge at the base of the skull.
  5. With the head placed upside down in DM, press down firmly on the underside of the skull using #5/45 forceps, forcing the undamaged hindbrain through the hole in the skull.
  6. Under the dissecting microscope, cut away excess tissue using two #11 scalpels. Ensure the cerebellum remains attached to the underlying piece of hindbrain. See Figure 1A for a detailed diagram.
  7. Using the spatula, transfer the cerebellum to the cutting stage of the tissue chopper with the tissue resting on the rostral face of the hindbrain and the caudal face of the hindbrain facing the researcher. Ensure that the medial plane of the brain is exactly parallel to the tissue chopper blade.
  8. Using the P200 pipette, remove excess medium around the tissue, ensuring that it is still moist but not floating or surrounded by liquid.
  9. Swap the Petri dish containing DM with the Petri dish containing SCM under the dissecting microscope.
  10. Cut the tissue into 350 µm thick slices using the tissue chopper.
    NOTE: The blade speed (e.g., roughly one cut per second) and force need to be optimized to ensure optimal cutting conditions. In rare instances, the tissue will get caught on the blade. To minimize loss of tissue sections, keep the thumb on the power button to quickly turn off the tissue chopper if needed.
  11. Gently pipette 100 µL of SCM under the tissue, so the slices are floating. Transfer the sliced tissue using the spatula to the Petri dish with SCM under a dissecting microscope.
  12. Use a cotton swab to gently wipe the tissue chopper blade and cutting stage with 70% ethanol.
  13. Using the scalpels (blunt side), gently separate the slices under the dissecting microscope. Using a scalpel and spatula, transfer slices to the membrane in the 6 well plate with SCM.
    NOTE: The most medial sections will often have the best myelination and tissue integrity. On average, 4–6 slices can be dissected from one mouse brain.
  14. Incubate slices in SCM at 37 °C in 7.5% CO2.

4. Culture and media changes (~15–30 min)

  1. Replace the SCM every other day.
  2. Pipette 1 mL of fresh medium into each well of a new 6 well plate and warm in an incubator. Using sterile forceps, transfer membranes to the new plate, ensuring no bubbles are underneath. Return plates to the incubator.

5. Standard myelination and remyelination

  1. Standard myelination protocol (Figure 1B).
    1. Culture slices dissected in section 3 from 0–12 days in vitro (DIV). If the effect of any factor on myelination is being tested, add it to the medium at the time of culturing (0 DIV) and replenish it with each media change.
    2. Fix at 12 DIV (step 7.1), a timepoint optimized for incomplete myelination11,12,13. This allows for the detection of any enhancing or blocking effects on myelination due to the factor added to the medium. A representative positive result with the addition of 100 ng/mL Activin A is shown in Figure 2.
  2. Remyelination protocol (Figure 1C)
    1. Follow the standard myelination protocol described in section 5.1 with no additional factors until 14 DIV, the timepoint when the slices are fully myelinated11,12,13.
    2. Prepare lysolecithin stock (125 mg/mL) as detailed in Table 1. Pipette 1 mL of 0.5% lysolecithin in SCM into each well of a new 6 well plate and warm in an incubator.
    3. Transfer membranes to a lysolecithin plate and place in an incubator overnight for 16–18 h.
    4. The next day, prepare new plates with fresh SCM, adding any factor(s) being tested for remyelination effects if needed. Warm plates in an incubator.
    5. For the media change, gently tap the membrane on the side of the well to ensure all the lysolecithin medium is removed. Replenish the factor(s) being tested at each media change (section 4).
    6. Fix slices at 28 DIV (step 7.1), a timepoint optimized for incomplete remyelination. This allows for the detection of enhancement or blocking of remyelination due to the factor added to the medium. A representative positive result with the addition of 0.1 µM XAV939 is presented in Figure 3.

6. Variations to the myelination and remyelination protocol

  1. Hypoxia-induced hypomyelination protocol (Figure 1D)11,13.
    NOTE: This is presented as a variation of the standard myelination protocol presented in section 5.1.
    1. Plate slices in SCM without factors.
    2. Transfer slice plates to a hypoxic incubator (2% FiO2) for 24 h between 2–3 DIV.
    3. The next day, prepare new plates with fresh SCM, adding any factor(s) being tested for myelination potential if needed. Warm plates in an incubator.
    4. Following culture in hypoxia, change medium (section 4) and return cultures to a standard culture incubator (37 °C, 7.5% CO2). Replenish any factors being tested with each subsequent media change (section 4).
    5. Fix at 12 DIV (step 7.1).
  2. Genetic manipulation protocol (Figure 1E)13
    1. Isolate tissue from transgenic mice for dissection as in section 3.
    2. With inducible transgenic mouse lines, tamoxifen (100 nM, a dose that does not induce myelination or OPC differentiation) or an Ad-Cre adenovirus can be added to SCM during media changes done at 1 DIV and 3 DIV.
    3. Following the genetic manipulation with tamoxifen or Ad-Cre adenovirus, continue media changes every other day as in section 4 (with factors added if needed).
      NOTES: All slices from one mouse will fit on one membrane, allowing for genotyping after dissection, thus making it simple to do experiments with transgenic mice.

7. Tissue processing and analysis

  1. Fix slices by submerging the membrane gently in 4% paraformaldehyde for 1 h at room temperature (RT).
  2. Rinse gently by submerging in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). Then, submerge in PBS in a 6 well plate.
    NOTE: The protocol can be paused here. Fixed slices can be stored in PBS at 4 °C for up to a month. If not storing slices, rinse 2x in PBS for 5 min before proceeding.
  3. Use a scalpel to cut out the membrane from the ring and proceed with staining in a 6 well plate. Be sure to keep slices facing up (membrane-side down) for staining and subsequent mounting on slides.
  4. Block for 1 h at RT in block solution (3% heat-inactivated horse serum, 2% bovine serum albumin, and 0.25% Triton-X 100 diluted in PBS).
    NOTE: If antigen retrieval is needed for antibody staining (e.g., CC1/Olig2), this can be done in glass Petri dishes.
  5. Wrap plates in paraffin film and incubate overnight at 4 °C in primary antibody diluted in blocking solution.
  6. Wash 3x in blocking solution: 1) brief rinse, 2) 15 min wash, and 3) 1 h wash. For brief rinse, fill a small Petri dish with solution and gently submerge membrane using forceps before transferring to fresh solution. For longer washes (i.e., 15 min and 1 h), submerge membrane in solution in a 6 well plate and place on a gentle rocker.
  7. Incubate covered from light for 2 h at RT in secondary antibodies diluted 1:500 in PBS.
  8. Wash 3x in PBS: 1) brief rinse, 2) 15 min wash, and 3) 1 h wash.
  9. If DAPI staining is needed, submerge in 1:1,000 DAPI solution for 7 min at RT. Rinse briefly and then wash for 15 min in PBS.
  10. Rinse in double-distilled water.
  11. Mount membranes on a slide with slices facing up (membrane-side down).
    NOTE: Mounted slices can be stored at 4 °C. Imaging on a confocal microscope is best done within 1 week, before the membrane becomes opaque and difficult to image.
  12. Image slices using confocal microscopy and quantify as described previously11,12,13.

Representative Results

Cerebellar slice cultures derived from P0-2 mice (Figure 1A) were used to study myelination and assess the effects of the addition of various factors from 0–12 DIV (Figure 1B). To study remyelination, slice cultures at 14 DIV were first demyelinated with lysolecithin and allowed to remyelinate for 14 additional days in culture with the tested factors (Figure 1C), after which remyelination was quantified. The effect of hypoxia on myelination was also studied by placing slice cultures in a 2% FiO2 hypoxic incubator for 24 h, from 2–3 DIV (Figure 1D). Lastly, slice cultures derived from transgenic mice were used to study the effect of gene knockouts on myelination. In this system, Cre recombination was induced by the addition of tamoxifen or Ad-Cre adenovirus at 1 DIV and 3 DIV, and slice cultures fixed for analysis at 12 DIV (Figure 1E). After fixation of tissues, quantification of demyelination and remyelination was carried out by immunostaining (Figure 2, Figure 3) and electron microscopy11,12,13.

Representative data shown (Figure 2, Figure 3) illustrate the dynamic range of myelination and remyelination in slice cultures. The myelination index was quantified by the ratio of Caspr, a paranodal marker that is an indirect readout of compact myelin, to neurofilament protein H (NFH), which stains axons. This myelination index has been validated to represent formation of compact myelin by electron microscopy and sodium channel staining12. Lysolecithin-induced demyelination9,10 led to complete disappearance of Caspr-positive paranodes (myelination index = 0, Figure 3A) and loss of compact myelin, which was restored during remyelination11,12.

To demonstrate a positive result on myelination, slices were cultured with Activin A following the timeline in Figure 1B. Activin A engages activin receptors on oligodendrocytes and drives oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelin compaction15. The representative data show that treating slices with 100 ng/mL of Activin A during myelination resulted in a higher myelination index (Figures 2A,B). Consistent with this, Activin A treatment accelerated OPC differentiation, as quantified by the ratio of CC1-positive mature oligodendrocytes to Olig2+ oligodendrocyte lineage cells11,13 (Figures 2C,D).

A small molecule inhibitor of Tankyrase, XAV939, has been shown to promote myelination and remyelination by stabilization of Axin2 levels in oligodendrocytes11. Following lysolecithin treatment, demyelination was visualized and quantified in slice cultures by fragmented myelin basic protein (MBP) staining and lack of Caspr-positive paranodes (Figures 3A). Treatment with 0.1 μM XAV939 during remyelination (15-28 DIV) significantly increased the myelination index compared to vehicle controls, as quantified by the ratio of Caspr to NFH staining (Figures 3B, C). The slice culture model can thus be used to examine and quantify effects on OPC differentiation, myelination, and remyelination in intact tissue.

Figure 1
Figure 1: Schematic of cerebellar slice cultures showing key steps in the dissection process and timelines for different slice culture protocols. (A) Depiction of steps to generate slice cultures: dissection of brains from P0–2 mouse pups, trimming the brain (as shown), cutting the brain with a tissue chopper to generate 350 µm sagittal slices, placing slices on organotypic culture inserts in a 6 well dish, and incubating at 37 °C and 7.5% CO2. * denotes cerebellum. (B) Timeline for myelinating slice cultures. Slice cultures were incubated for 12 days before fixation for analysis. (C) Timeline for remyelinating slice cultures. Slices were treated with lysolecithin at 14 DIV for 16–18 h to induce complete demyelination and allowed to remyelinate until 28 DIV before fixation for analysis. (D) Timeline for myelination following hypoxic insult. Slices were exposed to an acute hypoxic insult for 24 h between 2–3 DIV, which caused hypomyelination. (E) Timeline for CSC from genetically modified mice. Tamoxifen (Tam, 100nM) or Ad-Cre virus was added at 1 DIV and 3 DIV to induce genetic modification, and slices were analyzed at 12 DIV. Timeline diagrams adapted from previous publications11,13. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 2
Figure 2: Representative data showing Activin A promotes myelination and OPC differentiation. (A) Increase in myelination (MBP) and paranodes (Caspr) with 100 ng/mL Activin A treatment, shown by immunostaining of slice cultures. (B) Quantification of myelination index (ratio of area stained for Caspr+ paranodes to area stained for NFH+ axons). (C) Quantification of OPC differentiation (ratio of CC1+ oligodendrocytes to Olig2+ oligodendrocyte lineage cells). (D) Representative images of CC1/Olig2 staining. Values shown are mean + standard deviation. ****P < 0.0001; unpaired T-test. Scale bars: A = 25 µm, D = 50 µm. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 3
Figure 3: Representative data showing XAV939 promotes remyelination. (A) Images showing demyelination by fragmented MBP staining and lack of Caspr paranodes in slice cultures treated with lysolecithin. (B) Increase in remyelination (MBP) and paranodes (Caspr) with 0.1 µM XAV939 treatment following lysolecithin-induced demyelination shown by immunostaining of slice cultures. (C) Quantification of myelination index (ratio of area stained for Caspr+ paranodes to area stained for NFH+ axons). Values shown are mean + standard deviation. ****P < 0.0001; unpaired T-test. Scale bars = 25 μm. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Slice culture media (SCM)
Volume Reagent
100 mL Minimum Essential Media (MEM), HEPES, no glutamine
50 mL Heat-inactivated horse serum
50 mL Earle’s balanced salt solution
2 mL Penicillin-streptomycin 10,000 U/mL
2 mL GlutaMAX supplement
2888 μL 45% glucose solution
1 mL Fungizone
Sterile filter through a 0.22 µm filter and store in 4 °C fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Dissection media (DM)
Volume Reagent
100 mL MEM, HEPES, with Earle’s salts
1 mL Penicillin-streptomycin 10,000 U/mL
Sterile filter through a 0.22 µm filter and store in 4 °C fridge for up to 2 months.
Lysolecithin stock (125 mg/mL)
Amount Reagent
100 mg Lysolecithin
0.8 mL Sterile PBS
Dissolve 100 mg of lysolecithin in 0.8 mL of sterile PBS. Store 80 µL aliquots of stock solution at -20 °C.
Before use, thaw 80 µL aliquot and dissolve in 20 mL of SCM (0.5% lysolecithin in SCM), warmed in 37 °C, 7.5% CO2 incubator. If needed, vortex to dissolve lysolecithin into SCM.

Table 1: List of components and protocol to make slice culture medium (SCM), dissection medium (DM), and lysolecithin solution.

Discussion

This protocol describes an organotypic cerebellar slice culture model that recapitulates in vivo cellular composition with the simplicity of an in vitro model. This protocol could be further developed to become a more representative model of human pathologies. CSC can be potentially developed as models for disease-specific injuries, such as force-induced tissue injury, injury induced by myelin-specific antibodies, or oligodendrocyte injury in MS with the addition of peripheral immune cells. This protocol can also be optimized for tissue dissected from other parts of the brain and spinal cord16,17. While this protocol focuses on the histological quantification of myelination, CSC represent a convenient model for examining various experimental endpoints. These cultures can be used to characterize different cell types via single cell RNA sequencing, assess the ultrastructure of axons and myelin sheaths via electron microscopy, and study OPC dynamics by conducting time lapse imaging. Immunostaining can also be bypassed with the use of transgenic mouse reporter lines18,19. Finally, different ages of mice pups, time in culture, or thickness of sections may be used to adapt CSC to model different disease mechanisms10,17,18,19,20,23.

Slice cultures are ideal for testing and quantifying factors affecting myelination and remyelination but are limited in their representation of the CNS in certain contexts. Derived from P 0-2 brains, CSC come from brains that are early in development, and have limited similarities to an aging or neurodegenerative brain. Given an increasing awareness of the importance of myelin in CNS disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease21 and schizophrenia22, adult or aging models of quantifying and characterizing myelination are required. Other protocols have been published isolating tissue from older rodents, although still during the developmental stages10,18,19,23. In addition, there may be intrinsic and extrinsic differences in oligodendrocytes and OPCs in the cerebellum compared to the spinal cord and other white matter tracts in the brain. CSC are also less suitable than cell-based in vitro systems for large-scale CRISPR or small molecule screens. Due to the initial tissue slicing, there is also an activation of brain-resident innate immune cells (i.e., microglia and astrocytes), an important caveat to the system24. Finally, peripheral immune cells play a large role in MS pathology25; CSC are devoid of peripheral cells unless these cells are exogenously added, and thus are not an ideal model of the inflammatory CNS milieu.

The dissection portion of this protocol is perhaps the most critical. Dissection steps must be undertaken with the utmost care, so as not to damage the tissue and underlying structure. Proper alignment of the brain along the tissue chopper blade ensures minimal damage to the tissue and cells. In addition, careful dissection and separation of slices, as well as their transfer to the membranes for culture are important. The timeframes outlined in this protocol have been optimized for the described research but may need to be adjusted for optimal results in different studies. This protocol will be useful for those that would like to study developmental myelination and myelin repair.

Of note, there is no cure for MS. While current therapies are quite effective at dampening the adaptive immune system, no current therapy can halt progression. A failure of remyelination and subsequent neurodegeneration is thought to underlie the progression of MS2. The presence of OPCs in chronic MS lesions suggests that the failure of myelin repair might be due to an arrest in OPC differentiation. The use of CSC opens an avenue of discovery for myelin repair therapies that may help to reverse MS progression and restore function. Myelin repair therapy can also aid recovery in patients with spinal cord injury, where demyelinated tracts inhibit locomotor function26. Therefore, the significance of CSC lies in its suitability for identifying factors that affect mammalian demyelination and remyelination in a relatively high throughput manner compared to in vivo animal models. While many studies have used primary OPCs for screening compounds affecting differentiation, generating and isolating primary OPCs requires laborious and sequential immunopanning27. In addition, cell-based assays do not recapitulate the diversity and interaction of cell types present in vivo. Generating CSC from mouse pups is a fast and cost-effective model for studying myelination and remyelination that does not require expensive equipment or consumables. Cerebellar slice cultures thus represent an invaluable quantitative model for recapitulating myelination ex vivo and enable drug discovery and basic science research.

Disclosures

The authors are employees of Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Yun-An Shen, Roxanne Kyauk, and Chris Bohlen for constructive comments and input on this article. In addition, the authors acknowledge contributions from Charles ffrench-Constant, Andrew Jarjour, Veronique Miron, and David Rowitch in early development of related methodology previously published11,12,13.

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
#5/45 Forceps Fine Science Tools 11251-35 Dissection tools
32% Paraformaldehyde Electron Microscopy Sciences 50-980-495 Fixative for staining
45% glucose solution Sigma G8769 Slice culture media component
6-well tissue culture plates Corning 3516 Plates for cultures
Alexa Fluor Goat anti-chicken 647 Thermo Fisher Scientific A21449 Secondary staining antibody
Alexa Fluor Goat anti-mouse 647 Thermo Fisher Scientific A21236 Secondary staining antibody
Alexa Fluor Goat anti-rabbit 555 Thermo Fisher Scientific A11006 Secondary staining antibody
Alexa Fluor Goat anti-rat 488 Thermo Fisher Scientific A21428 Secondary staining antibody
Blades, Double-edge, PTFE coated Stainless steel Ted Pella 121-6 Chopping blades
Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) Sigma A9418 Blocking solution component
Chicken anti-NFH antibody Encor Biotech CPCA-NF-H Staining antibody
Confocal Microscope Zeiss LSM780 Confocal for imaging
Corning 250 mL vacuum filter/storage bottle system, 0.22 µm pore Corning 431096 For media preparation
Earl's balanced salt solution Sigma E2888 Slice culture media component
Feather surgical blade Feather 2976#11 Dissection tools
Fungizone Thermo Fisher Scientific 15290-18 Dissection media component
GlutaMAX supplement Thermo Fisher Scientific 35050-061 Slice culture media component
Heat-inactivated horse serum Thermo Fisher Scientific 26050-88 Slice culture media component
Lysolecithin Sigma L4129
Lysophosphatidylcholine from egg yolk Sigma L4129 To induce demyelination
McIlwain Tissue Chopper Ted Pella 10180 Tissue chopper
MEM, Hepes, no glutamine Thermo Fisher Scientific 12360-038 Slice culture media component
MEM, Hepes, with Earle's salts Sigma M7278 Dissection media component
Metal spatula Fisher Scientific 470149-442 Dissection tools - bend flat end at angle for use
Millicell Culture Plate Insert 30mm Organotypic PTFE Fisher PICM0RG50 Culture insert
Mouse anti-CC1 antibody Millipore OP80-100UG Staining antibody
Noyes spring scissors Fine Science Tools 15012-12 Dissection tools
PBS pH 7.4 Gibco 10010023 For dilution of fixative
Penicillin-streptomycin 10,000U/mL Thermo Fisher Scientific 15140-122 Slice culture media component
Rabbit anti-Caspr antibody Abcam ab34151 Staining antibody
Rabbit anti-Olig2 antibody Millipore AB9610 Staining antibody
Rat anti-MBP antibody Serotec MCA409S Staining antibody
Scalpel handle #3 Fine Science Tools 10003-12 Dissection tools
Silicone rubber foam sheet MSC Industrial Direct Co 31939176 Cutting base
Stereo Microscope Olympus Life Sciences SZ61 Microscope for dissection
Student surgical scissors Fine Science Tools 91401-12 Dissection tools

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Shen, K., Yuen, T. J. Ex Vivo Myelination and Remyelination in Cerebellar Slice Cultures as a Quantitative Model for Developmental and Disease-Relevant Manipulations. J. Vis. Exp. (160), e61044, doi:10.3791/61044 (2020).More

Shen, K., Yuen, T. J. Ex Vivo Myelination and Remyelination in Cerebellar Slice Cultures as a Quantitative Model for Developmental and Disease-Relevant Manipulations. J. Vis. Exp. (160), e61044, doi:10.3791/61044 (2020).

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