Performing Human Skeletal Muscle Xenografts in Immunodeficient Mice

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Summary

Complex human diseases can be challenging to model in traditional laboratory model systems. Here, we describe a surgical approach to model human muscle disease through the transplantation of human skeletal muscle biopsies into immunodeficient mice.

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Britson, K. A., Black, A. D., Wagner, K. R., Lloyd, T. E. Performing Human Skeletal Muscle Xenografts in Immunodeficient Mice. J. Vis. Exp. (151), e59966, doi:10.3791/59966 (2019).

Abstract

Treatment effects observed in animal studies often fail to be recapitulated in clinical trials. While this problem is multifaceted, one reason for this failure is the use of inadequate laboratory models. It is challenging to model complex human diseases in traditional laboratory organisms, but this issue can be circumvented through the study of human xenografts. The surgical method we describe here allows for the creation of human skeletal muscle xenografts, which can be used to model muscle disease and to carry out preclinical therapeutic testing. Under an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved protocol, skeletal muscle specimens are acquired from patients and then transplanted into NOD-Rag1null IL2rγnull (NRG) host mice. These mice are ideal hosts for transplantation studies due to their inability to make mature lymphocytes and are thus unable to develop cell-mediated and humoral adaptive immune responses. Host mice are anaesthetized with isoflurane, and the mouse tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus muscles are removed. A piece of human muscle is then placed in the empty tibial compartment and sutured to the proximal and distal tendons of the peroneus longus muscle. The xenografted muscle is spontaneously vascularized and innervated by the mouse host, resulting in robustly regenerated human muscle that can serve as a model for preclinical studies.

Introduction

It has been reported that only 13.8% of all drug development programs undergoing clinical trials are successful and lead to approved therapies1. While this success rate is higher than the 10.4% previously reported2, there is still significant room for improvement. One approach to increase the success rate of clinical trials is to improve laboratory models used in preclinical research. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires animal studies to show treatment efficacy and assess toxicity prior to Phase 1 clinical trials. However, there is often limited concordance in treatment outcomes between animal studies and clinical trials3. In addition, the need for preclinical animal studies can be an insurmountable barrier for therapeutic development in diseases that lack an accepted animal model, which is often the case for rare or sporadic diseases.

One way to model human disease is by transplanting human tissue into immunodeficient mice to generate xenografts. There are three key advantages to xenograft models: First, they can recapitulate the complex genetic and epigenetic abnormalities that exist in human disease that may never be reproducible in other animal models. Second, xenografts can be used to model rare or sporadic diseases if patient samples are available. Third, xenografts model the disease within a complete in vivo system. For these reasons, we hypothesize that treatment efficacy results in xenograft models are more likely to translate to trials in patients. Human tumor xenografts have already been successfully utilized to develop treatments for common cancers, including multiple myeloma, as well as personalized therapies for individual patients4,5,6,7.

Recently, xenografts have been used to develop a model of human muscle disease8. In this model, human muscle biopsy specimens are transplanted into the hindlimbs of immunodeficient NRG mice to form xenografts. The transplanted human myofibers die, but human muscle stem cells present in the xenograft subsequently expand and differentiate into new human myofibers which repopulate the engrafted human basal lamina. Therefore, the regenerated myofibers in these xenografts are entirely human and are spontaneously revascularized and innervated by the mouse host. Importantly, fascioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) patient muscle tissue transplanted into mice recapitulates key features of the human disease, namely expression of the DUX4 transcription factor8. FSHD is caused by overexpression of DUX4, which is epigenetically silenced in normal muscle tissue9,10. In the FSHD xenograft model, treatment with a DUX4-specific morpholino has been shown to successfully repress DUX4 expression and function, and may be a potential therapeutic option for FSHD patients11. These results demonstrate that human muscle xenografts are a new approach to model human muscle disease and test potential therapies in mice. Here, we describe in detail the surgical method for creating human skeletal muscle xenografts in immunodeficient mice.

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Protocol

All use of research specimens from human subjects was approved by the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect the rights and welfare of the participants. All animal experiments were approved by the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in accordance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Male NOD-Rag1null IL2rγnull (NRG) host mice (8-12 weeks old) are used to carry out xenograft experiments. These mice are housed in ventilated racks and are given HEPA-filtered, tempered, and humidified air as well as reverse osmosis filtered hyperchlorinated water. Mice are provided water and an irradiated antibiotic diet (Table of Materials) ad libitum, and the facility provides 14 h of light to 10 h of dark as controlled by central timer.

1. Equipment Preparation

  1. Acquire NOD-Rag1null IL2r γnull (NRG) mice, 8-12 weeks of age.
  2. Autoclave surgical equipment: scissors, forceps, needle holder, surgical stapler (Table of Materials), wound clips, surgical wipes (Table of Materials), and beaker (Figure 1A).
  3. Prepare 50 mL of muscle media (20% fetal bovine serum, 2% chick embryo extract, 1% antibiotic/antimycotic in Hams F10 Medium). Keep all chemicals/drugs/solutions used for surgery at room temperature unless stated differently in the protocol.
  4. Prepare a 1 mL syringe with a 26 G needle that is 3/8 inches long containing 2 mg/mL analgesic (Table of Materials), and place on ice. The analgesic can be diluted to the proper concentration using sterile phosphate buffered saline (PBS).

2. Surgical Preparation

  1. Obtain a human muscle biopsy under an IRB-approved protocol from patients whose muscles display strength > 4-/5 on the MRC (Medical Research Council) scale12. Place the research specimen in a 100 mm x 15 mm Petri dish containing muscle media.
    NOTE: The MRC scale is used in clinical practice as an assessment of muscle strength with 0 showing no contraction, 5 showing normal power, and 4 (4- to 4+) showing movement against resistance12. We have found that muscles with mild to moderate weakness (MRC > 4-/5) typically show disease pathology but are not extensively replaced by fatty tissue or fibrosis, both of which impede xenograft regeneration. In the case of autopsy tissue where a recent MRC score is not available, muscle quality can be accessed via gross observation. Muscle biopsies that are pale pink in appearance or have large areas of fatty tissue are not likely to xenograft successfully.
  2. Remove any remaining fascia or fatty tissue from the specimen with surgical scissors using a stereo microscope and light source to assist visualization.
  3. Dissect the muscle biopsy into approximately 7 mm x 3 mm x 3 mm pieces with surgical scissors using the stereo microscope and a light source. Ensure fibers are arranged longitudinally within the specimen.
  4. Place the Petri dish containing dissected muscle on ice. On average, the xenografts are kept in media for 4 hours while surgeries are being performed. However, biopsies have been stored in media for 24 h prior to xenografting, and this delay did not appear to negatively impact transplantation or regeneration.
  5. Place synthetic, non-absorbable sutures (Table of Materials) in a 100 mm x 15 mm Petri dish containing 70% ethanol.
  6. Set up a dual procedure anesthesia circuit: arrange the Mapleson E breathing circuit on the stereo microscope and place the induction chamber in a biosafety cabinet (Figure 1A,B).
  7. Obtain the weight of the NRG mouse by placing in an autoclaved beaker on a scale, and transfer to the induction chamber. Induce anesthesia under 3% isoflurane. Once the appropriate anesthetic depth is achieved—as assessed by observation of respiratory rate, muscle relaxation, and lack of voluntary movement—reduce the vaporizer setting to 1.5% for the remainder of the surgery.
  8. Transfer the mouse from the induction chamber to the Mapleson E breathing circuit and apply ophthalmic ointment to eyes.
  9. Remove hair overlying the tibialis anterior (TA) from ankle to knee with a trimmer, followed by a 1 min treatment with hair removal lotion (Table of Materials) (Figure 2A).
  10. Disinfect the surgical site by swabbing the leg with povidone-iodine solution. Then wash away the remaining povidone-iodine with 70% ethanol.
  11. Inject the mouse subcutaneously with analgesic, such as carprofen, (Table of Materials) at a dose of 5 mg/kg.

3. Xenograft Surgery

  1. Tape down the leg and make a straight incision over the tibilalis anterior (TA) muscle with scissors and iris forceps originating at the distal tendons and terminating below the knee (Figure 2B).
  2. Separate skin from muscle using blunt dissection with surgical scissors.
  3. Cut through the epimysium of the TA muscle with scissors starting at the tendon and ending at the knee.
    NOTE: This is a very superficial cut (less than 0.5 mm; Figure 2B, black dashed line), and the underlying TA should not be damaged in the process as this would make removal more challenging. When performed correctly, the muscle fibers will visibly relax.
  4. Cut the distal tendon of the TA with scissors, grab the tendon with iris forceps, and pull the TA up toward the knee (Figure 2C).
  5. Cut the distal tendon of the extensor digitorum longus (EDL) with scissors and pull the EDL up toward the knee (Figure 2D). Once the proximal tendon of the peroneus longus (PL) muscle is visible, remove the EDL with scissors (Figure 2D, green dashed line).
  6. Remove the TA with scissors (Figure 2D, blue dashed line) and use a surgical wipe wetted with PBS and slight pressure to achieve hemostasis (Figure 2E).
  7. Thread a suture through proximal peroneus longus (PL) tendon and trim, leaving approximately 1.5 inch of thread on either side of the tendon (Figure 2F).
  8. Perform the first half of a two-hand surgical square knot, but do not tighten: this will form a circle. Place a xenograft in this circle and tighten the loop to secure the xenograft. Complete the other half of the square knot (Figure 2G,H). This will suture the xenograft to the proximal tendon of the PL.
  9. Thread suture through distal PL tendon and repeat the square knot technique from step 3.8 to tie the xenograft to the distal tendon (Figure 2H,I).
    NOTE: The medial tarsal artery and vein can lie close to or on top of the distal tendon of the PL. Do not place sutures through or around these vessels. It is easy to tell if a suture has been improperly placed as vessels will blanch or bleed. If this occurs, remove the suture and place in a different location.
  10. Pull skin over xenografted muscle, seal with surgical glue, and place 2-3 surgical staples over the incision (Figure 2J).
  11. Place mouse in a clean cage on a heated pad to recover. Monitor mouse until fully conscious and periodically over the next few days for signs of local systemic infection and to ensure the surgical site is not reopened.
    NOTE: A single dose of analgesic as described in step 2.11 is typically sufficient for pain relief. However, the mice should also be monitored for persistent pain (e.g. lameness, ruffled coat, hunched posture), and, if necessary, re-dosed with analgesic at 24 h post-operatively.

4. Xenograft Collection

NOTE: Xenografts are typically collected between 4 to 6 months post-surgery. However, collections have been performed up to 12 months post-surgery.

  1. Place a covered beaker containing 200 mL of 2-methylbutane in a box containing dry ice for a minimum of 30 min before xenograft collection.
  2. Induce anesthesia under 3% isoflurane in induction chamber. Once the appropriate anesthetic depth is achieved, reduce the vaporizer setting to 1.5% for the remainder of the surgery.
  3. Transfer the mouse from the induction chamber to the Mapleson E breathing circuit arranged on a stereo microscope.
  4. Remove hair overlying the tibialis anterior from ankle to knee with a trimmer and hair removal lotion. The sutures holding the xenograft in place can be seen through the skin (Figure 3A).
  5. Tape down the leg and use scissors and iris forceps to open skin over the xenograft until both sutures are visible (Figure 3B). Skin overlying the xenograft can be removed as shown to make removal of the xenograft easier.
  6. Use a scalpel to cut between the xenograft and the tibia (Figure 3B, arrow denotes initial site and direction of incision). This will free one side of the xenograft.
  7. Use a scalpel to cut between the PL muscle and the gastrocnemius muscle (Figure 3C, incision along epimysium labeled with arrow). The PL will be removed with the xenograft.
  8. Cut below the distal suture and through the distal tendon of the PL (Figure 3D, cut along dotted line).
  9. Remove the xenograft and PL by grabbing the suture with iris forceps and deflecting it toward the knee while using scissors to cut it away from the underlying muscle (Figure 3E).
  10. Cut above the proximal suture with scissors to remove the xenograft and PL (Figure 3F, cut along dotted line in 3E).
  11. Place the specimen on a small piece of cardboard or plastic, and pin as close to the sutures as possible. While pinning the specimen, gently stretch the muscle to ensure that the fiber orientation is maintained during the snap freezing process. After the pins are securely in place, slide the muscle up the pins so it rests just above the cardboard.
    NOTE: Alternatively, one end of the xenograft can be mounted in tragacanth on a cork, or it can be submerged entirely in optimal cutting temperature (O.C.T.) compound in a cryomold. With care, muscle conformation can be retained with both methods.
  12. Snap freeze the xenograft in pre-cooled 2-methylbutane.
  13. Store xenograft at -80 °C.
  14. Immediately following xenograft collection, euthanize mice in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines:
    1. Place mice in a sealed chamber with an appropriate waste gas scavenging system. Use isoflurane at a concentration of 3-4% to induce anesthesia.
    2. Once the appropriate anesthetic depth is achieved—as assessed by observation of respiratory rate, muscle relaxation, and lack of voluntary movement—increase the vaporizer setting to 5% to induce death. Leave the mice in the chamber for an additional 2 min after breathing has ceased. Death is verified by observing that the mice fail to recover within 10 min after overdose of isoflurane.
    3. Finally, perform cervical dislocation on the mice.
      NOTE: In the case of bilaterally xenografted mice, the contralateral xenograft can be saved for a later collection. To perform a survival collection, open the skin overlying the xenograft with a single straight cut with surgical scissors, and remove the xenograft as described in steps 4.6 to 4.10. Then close the skin over the empty tibial compartment using surgical glue and staples. Treat the mouse with analgesic as described in step 2.11 and place the mouse in clean cage on heated pad to recover. Monitor the mouse until fully conscious and periodically over the next few days for signs of local systemic infection and to ensure the surgical site is not reopened.

5. Xenograft Immunohistochemistry

  1. Use a cryostat to cut 10 to 12 μm sections from the collected xenograft onto positively charged slides (Table of Materials).
  2. Fill staining jar with methanol and pre-cool at -20 °C for 30 min.
  3. Place slides in ice cold methanol for 10 min to fix and permeabilize the xenograft sections.
  4. Place slides in staining jar and wash 3x with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) for 5 min.
  5. Block with anti-mouse IgG (Table of Materials) for 2 h at 4 °C.
  6. Blot with primary antibodies, such as spectrin, lamin A/C, and embryonic myosin (Table of Materials) in PBS supplemented with 2% goat serum overnight at 4 °C.
  7. Place slides in a staining jar and wash 3x with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) for 5 min.
  8. Blot with fluorescent-dye conjugated secondary antibodies (Table of Materials) in PBS supplemented with 2% goat serum for 1 h at room temperature.
  9. Place slides in staining jar and wash 3x with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) for 5 min.
  10. Place mounting medium (Table of Materials) over xenografts sections, place coverslip on top, and use nail polish to seal the coverslip.

Figure 2
Figure 2: Xenograft Surgery. (A) Hair is removed from surgical site. (B) An incision is made over the tibialis anterior (TA). The distal tendons of the TA and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) are marked with arrows. The black dashed line indicates where the epimysium will be cut in step 3.3. (C) The distal tendon of the TA is cut and the muscle is pulled up to the knee. (D) The tendon of the EDL is cut and the EDL is pulled up to the knee. This exposes the proximal tendon of the peroneus longus (PL) marked with an arrow. Dashed lines indicate where to cut with scissors to remove the EDL (green) and PL (blue). (E) The EDL and TA are removed. (F) A suture is placed through the proximal tendon of the PL. (G) The xenograft is placed in the empty tibial compartment and sutured to the proximal PL tendon using a two-hand surgical square knot. (H) A suture is placed through the distal tendon of the PL, marked with an arrow, and another two-hand surgical square knot is used to suture the xenograft to the distal tendon. (I) The xenograft is fully transplanted and sutured to the PL. (J) The skin is closed with surgical glue. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 3
Figure 3: 4 Month Xenograft Collection. (A) Hair is removed from surgical site. Sutures are visible under skin. (B) The skin overlying the xenograft is removed. Then the xenograft is grabbed with the iris forceps at the distal suture and gently pulled upward. Starting at the ankle, a scalpel is used to cut along the tibia and free the xenograft. The arrow shows the beginning of the incision along the tibia. (C) By pulling the gastrocnemius muscle to the side, a faint white line of epimysium separating the peroneus longus (PL) muscle and the gastrocnemius (shown by the arrow) becomes visible. Use the scalpel to cut along this line to separate the PL from the other leg muscles. (D) The right side of the xenograft, and the PL are now free from the other muscles in the leg and are ready for removal. The dashed line indicates where to cut with surgical scissors to start removing the xenograft and PL. (E) After cutting below the distal suture, deflect the xenograft toward the knee. The dashed line indicates where to cut with surgical scissors to remove the xenograft and PL from the tibial compartment. (F) The empty tibial compartment with the xenograft and PL successfully removed. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

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Representative Results

As demonstrated by Yuanfan Zhang et al., this surgical protocol is a straightforward method to produce human skeletal muscle xenografts8. Regenerated xenografts become spontaneously innervated and display functional contractility. In addition, muscle xenografted from FSHD patients recapitulates changes in gene expression observed in FSHD patients8.

In our experience, approximately 7 out of 8 xenografts performed from control patient specimens will show successful muscle engraftment. A successful xenograft shows robust regeneration of human myofibers as identified with human specific antibodies (Figure 4). Positive embryonic myosin staining within a proportion of myofibers indicates that the regeneration process is still ongoing. In contrast, poor surgical technique or an inadequate specimen may lead to poor regeneration of muscle fibers (Figure 4).

Xenografts performed from a patient diagnosed with an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) show moderate numbers of regenerated human myofibers at 4- and 6-month collections, and embryonic myosin staining persists at 6 months (Figure 5A). Inflammatory cells are present in the xenograft as shown by H&E staining (Figure 5A), and have been confirmed with CD3, CD68, and other immunological markers (data not shown). Xenografts are stable within the mouse, and up to 12-month collections have been performed. Individual myofiber size is comparable between the 4- and 6-month IIM xenografts and the original IIM patient biopsy (Figure 5B). Rare fibers showing a cross sectional area (CSA) greater than 3500 μm2 are observed in xenografts but not in the IIM biopsy, indicating that some myofibers in the xenografts can regenerate to a CSA comparable in size to healthy myofibers (Figure 5B).

Figure 1
Figure 1: Surgical Set-up.
A
) Standard orientation of stereo microscope, Mapleson E breathing circuit, and surgical tools during xenograft surgery. B) Placement of induction chamber in biosafety cabinet.

Figure 4
Figure 4: Expected Positive and Negative Results.
Xenografts collected 4-months post-surgery showing good or poor regeneration are stained with human-specific lamin A/C (1:50) and human-specific spectrin (1:20) and embryonic myosin (1:10) (Table of Materials). Regions indicated by the white dashed boxes are shown as higher magnification inserts. Scale bar: 200 µm. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 5
Figure 5: Representative Xenograft regeneration.
A) Xenografts (outlined with dashed lines) performed from a patient diagnosed with an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) stained with Hematoxylin and Eosin (H&E), human specific Lamin A/C, and human specific spectrin, show myofiber formation within NRG mice at both 4- and 6-month time points. Embryonic myosin staining demonstrates that regeneration is still ongoing at both time points. Scale bar: 200 µm. B) Histograms depicting cross sectional area (CSA) of myofibers from 4- and 6-month xenografts and human biopsies from one patient diagnosed with an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) and one healthy control patient. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

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Discussion

Patient-derived xenografts are an innovative way to model muscle disease and carry out preclinical studies. The method described here to create skeletal muscle xenografts is rapid, straightforward, and reproducible. Unilateral surgeries can be performed in 15 to 25 minutes, or bilaterally in 30 to 40 minutes. Bilateral xenografts can provide additional experimental flexibility. For instance, researchers can perform localized treatment of one xenograft, with the other left as a control. The NRG mice are resistant to surgical site infection when housed in a pathogen-free facility; in our experience performing more than 200 xenografts, we have never had a mouse acquire a surgical infection. In addition, host mice tolerate the removal of the TA and EDL very well. Within an hour post-surgery, unilaterally and bilaterally xenografted mice will be active and walking around their cage, and even standing up on their hindlimbs. Occasionally we observe some foot drop in host mice, but usually only after a period of inactivity, such as if recently awoken, and within minutes of waking leg use will be normal.

There are several critical steps in the protocol. First, during removal of the EDL and TA, it is very important to not injure the adjacent PL muscle or its tendons. This can be avoided by carefully and correctly identifying the placement of all distal tendons after the initial incision over the TA is performed. In addition, the proximal tendon of the PL should be identified and clearly visible before removal of the EDL (Figure 2D). Second, sutures must be placed through tendons and tightened fully in a proper two-hand surgical square knot. Xenografts regenerate more robustly under tension, and this is only obtainable if the xenograft is tethered to the PL tendons and if the sutures do not loosen post-operatively. Finally, it is important to not damage or sever any major blood vessels supplying the foot. In particular, the medial tarsal artery and vein can lie close to or on top of the distal tendon of the PL. Do not place sutures through or around these vessels. It is easy to tell if a suture has been improperly placed as vessels will blanch or bleed. If this occurs, remove the suture and place in a different location.

This method does have several limitations. It is not amenable to standard functional assays used in mouse models of muscle disease, such as grip strength or treadmill endurance. However, electrophysiological assessments of xenograft function can still be performed. Evoked force measurements can be recorded from xenograft explants, and single enzymatically isolated myofibers from xenografts loaded with ratiometric calcium dyes and electrically stimulated can be used to study calcium dynamics8. Another inherent challenge in this model is that acquiring and working with human tissue can be difficult. Not all laboratories will have easy access to fresh muscle biopsies, but it has been shown that xenografts performed from autopsy tissue approximately 48 hours post mortem can successfully engraft, and this tissue may be easier to obtain for some laboratories8. It is also challenging to manipulate gene expression in human tissue, whereas researchers using standard mouse models of disease can readily use the plethora of mouse genetic tools available.

A strength of this xenograft model is that it allows researchers to study human muscle in vivo. Tissue culture has been used extensively to study the cell and molecular biology of human muscle. Yet, these short-term, ex vivo studies do not always approximate functional muscle in vivo. However, one caveat is that is it challenging to determine how closely xenograft biology and function approximates human muscle due to the contribution of host mouse components during the regenerative process. For instance, human and mouse neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) are morphologically distinct, and there is significant divergence between the synaptic proteome of human and mouse NMJs13. As xenografts are innervated by the mouse host, this may result in biological changes unique to the human xenografts.

In future studies, this skeletal muscle xenograft method could be used to better understand human muscle cell biology and to develop novel models for rare or acquired muscle diseases that currently lack animal models. We anticipate that this will have a significant beneficial impact on therapeutic development for these diseases.

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Disclosures

The authors declare that they have no competing financial interests.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by The Myositis Association and the Peter Buck Foundation. We would like to thank Dr. Yuanfan Zhang for sharing her expertise and training in the xenograft surgical technique.

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
100 mm x 15 mm Petri dish Fisher Scientific FB0875712
2-Methylbutane Fisher O3551-4
20 mm x 30 mm micro cover glass VWR 48393-151
Animal Weighing Scale Kent Scientific SCL- 1015
Antibiotic-Antimycotic Solution Corning, Cellgro 30-004-CI
AutoClip System F.S.T 12020-00
Castroviejo Needle Holder F.S.T 12565-14
Chick embryo extract Accurate CE650TL
CM1860 UV cryostat Leica Biosystems CM1860UV
Coplin staining jar Thermo Scientific 19-4
Dissection Pins Fisher Scientific S13976
Dry Ice - pellet Fisher Scientific NC9584462
Embryonic Myosin antibody DSHB F1.652 recommended concentration 1:10
Ethanol Fisher Scientific 459836
Fetal Bovine Serum GE Healthcare Life Sciences SH30071.01
Fiber-Lite MI-150 Dolan-Jenner Mi-150
Forceps F.S.T 11295-20
Goat anti-mouse IgG1, Alexa Fluor 488 Invitrogen A-21121 recommended concentration 1:500
Goat anti-mouse IgG2b, AlexaFluor 594 Invitrogen A-21145 recommended concentration 1:500
Gum tragacanth Sigma G1128
Hams F-10 Medium Corning 10-070-CV
Histoacryl Blue Topical Skin Adhesive Tissue seal TS1050044FP
Human specific lamin A/C antibody Abcam ab40567 recommended concentration 1:50-1:100
Human specific spectrin antibody Leica Biosystems NCLSPEC1 recommended concentration 1:20-1:100
Induction Chamber VetEquip 941444
Iris Forceps F.S.T 11066-07
Irradiated Global 2018 (Uniprim 4100 ppm) Envigo TD.06596 Antibiotic rodent diet to protect again respiratory infections
Isoflurane MWI Veterinary Supply 502017
Kimwipes Kimberly-Clark 34155 surgical wipes
Mapleson E Breathing Circuit VetEquip 921412
Methanol Fisher Scientific A412
Mobile Anesthesia Machine VetEquip 901805
Mouse on Mouse Basic Kit Vector Laboratories BMK-2202 mouse IgG blocking reagent
Nail Polish Electron Microscopy Sciences 72180
NAIR Hair remover lotion/oil Fisher Scientific NC0132811
NOD-Rag1null IL2rg null (NRG) mice The Jackson Laboratory 007799 2 to 3 months old
O.C.T. Compound Fisher Scientific 23-730-571
Oxygen Airgas OX USPEA
PBS (phosphate buffered saline) buffer Fisher Scientific 4870500
Povidone Iodine Prep Solution Dynarex 1415
ProLong™ Gold Antifade Mountant Fisher Scientific P10144 (no DAPI); P36935 (with DAPI)
Puralube Ophthalmic Ointment Dechra 17033-211-38
Rimadyl (carprofen) injectable Patterson Veterinary 10000319 surgical analgesic, administered subcutaneously at a dose of 5 mg/kg
Scalpel Blades - #11 F.S.T 10011-00
Scalpel Handle - #3 F.S.T 10003-12
Stereo Microscope Accu-scope 3075
Superfrost Plus Microscope Slides Fisher Scientific 12-550-15
Suture, Synthetic, Non-Absorbable, 30 inches long, CV-11 needle Covidien VP-706-X
1ml Syringe (26 gauge, 3/8 inch needle) BD Biosciences 329412
Trimmer Kent Scientific CL9990-KIT
Vannas Spring Scissors, 8.0 mm cutting edge F.S.T 15009-08
VaporGaurd Activated Charcoal Filter VetEquip 931401
Wound clips, 9 mm F.S.T 12022-09

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