Upprättande och underhåll av ryggfenan Nervceller rotganglier i Fackindelade kulturer

Published 10/17/2008
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Summary

Här beskriver vi tekniken för att förbereda och underhålla fackindelade kammare för odling sensoriska nervceller i dorsalrotsganglier.

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F. Pazyra-Murphy, M., A. Segal, R. Preparation and Maintenance of Dorsal Root Ganglia Neurons in Compartmented Cultures. J. Vis. Exp. (20), e951, doi:10.3791/951 (2008).

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Abstract

Nervceller förlänga axonal processer som ligger långt från cellkroppen till innerverar målvävnader, där mål-derived growth faktorer krävs för neuronal överlevnad och funktion. Neurotrofinernas är specifikt krävs för att upprätthålla överlevnad och differentiering av innervating sensoriska neuroner, men frågan om hur dessa mål som härrör neurotrofinernas meddela cellkroppen av innervating nervceller har varit ett område med aktiv forskning i över 30 år. Den mest allmänt accepterade modellen för hur neurotrophin signaler når cellkroppen föreslår att signalering endosomes bära denna signal retrogradely längs axonet. För att studera retrograd transport, var en kultur system som ursprungligen utvecklades av Robert Campenot, i vilken cell organ är isolerade från sina axoner. Tekniken att förbereda dessa fackindelade kammare för odling sensoriska neuroner rekapitulerar den selektiva stimulering av neuron terminaler som sker in vivo efter utsläpp av mål-derived neurotrofinernas. Retrograd signalering händelser som kräver lång räckvidd mikrotubuli beroende retrograd transport har viktiga konsekvenser för behandling av neurodegenerativa sjukdomar.

Protocol

Beredning av reagenser

  1. Kollagen beläggning: kollagen päls P35 vävnadsodling tallrikar och placera i en ugn vid 37 ° C i 2 dagar innan smörjning av avdelare. Den slutliga koncentrationen av kollagen bör vara 0,71 mg / ml utspätt i 0,001 N HCl. Lägg sedan till 1 ml av blandningen per platta.
  2. Fett lastare: För att fylla fett Loader måste en 60ml sprutan först fyllas med Corning vakuum fett. Använd sprutan för att fylla fett lastaren, linda in det i folie och sedan autoklav i 45 minuter.
  3. Teflon avdelare: de avdelare kan återanvändas efter varje experiment utan måste först rengöras ordentligt. Ta bort divider från plattan, torka av alla kvarvarande fett och plats i svavelsyra i 2 dagar. Efter att från syra, skölj med vatten 3X, koka i 20 minuter, låt torka, lägg i ett glas P100 petriskål och autoklav i 20 minuter.
  4. N2-metylcellulosa: Väg ​​upp 1,5 g metylcellulosa och placera den i en 500 ml flaska. Lägg till en omrörare och autoklav det i 20 minuter på torra (från denna punkt allt arbete måste vara sterila). Lägg sedan till 500 ml av serum fria medier (N 2) och rör i ett kallt rum tills det löser sig. Fördela i 50 ml conicals och frys vid -20 ° C. För arbete lager, uppmätt en av de 50 ml conicals i 1 mL rör och fryser vid -20 ° C.
  5. DRG media: DMEM, 5% värmeinaktiverad häst serum, och 1% penicillin streptomycin.
  6. 100ng/mL DRGN medier: lager koncentration av både nervtillväxtfaktor (NGF) och brain-neurotrofa faktor (BDNF) är 1mg/ml. Späd varje neurotrofinernas 1:10,000 i DRG media. Kulturer kan odlas i NGF ensam, detta förändrar komplement av nervceller som överlever i de kulturer.

    Anm: Vid behov, är koncentrationen av (cytosin arabinoside) Arac 1um och användas på en slutlig koncentration av 0.3uM. Detta kommer att hämma tillväxten av Schwann celler och andra Glia.

  7. 10ng/mL DRGN media: Späd den 100ng/mL DRGN media (1:10) med DRG medier.

    Figur 1


    Figur 1. Verktyg som behövs vid installation

Ställa in fackindelade kamrarna (påbörja denna process 1-2 dagar före dissekering)

  1. Gör en repa i mitten av en kollagen belagd P35 rätt med ett yttre rörelse.
  2. Plats 30ul av N2-metylcellulosa på mitten av scratch. Ställ rätter åt sidan tills delaren är smord.
  3. Fäst en 23-gauge luer påbörjad adaptern till fett lastaren. Greppa Teflon avdelare med ett par 90 ° vinkel peanger och lägg den platt med avdelare uppåt under ett mikroskop. Spåra divider med fett att se till att varje gång adaptern är placerad på en ny startpunkt adaptern sätts in i fett från föregående steg så att det finns en obruten linje av fett (se diagram). När fett tillämpas på hela avdelare, slå en av det beredda P35 rätter upp och ner och placera den så att N2-metylcellulosa är över det mellersta facket. Tryck ned på botten av skålen med en pincett. Se till att trycka på insidan av avdelare i fyra hörn (uppe till vänster, nedre högra, övre högra, nedre vänstra, som anges i diagram med "X").

    Figur 2

    Figur 2: Åtgärder för att smörja avdelare

    OBS: Det är viktigt att trycka fast nog så att fettet gör en komplett tätning med skålen, men om för mycket press läggs kommer axoner inte korsa in i sidofack.

    Plocka upp peanger, vänd på den och unclamp skiljelinjen. Slutligen Placera skålen med skiljelinjen fastsatt under mikroskop med fokus på botten av det mellersta facket. Med fett lastaren, göra en liten barriär (0,25 cm) så att när cellerna är placerad i mitten facket att de inte kan läcka ut.
  4. Efter att ha satt upp flera kulturer, placera media DRG i varje sidofack och placera i en inkubator där cellerna kommer att bibehållas. Låt kulturerna att sitta i flera timmar och kontrollera sedan för läckage. Om materialet har läckt in i mitten facket, då kulturen är oanvändbara.

    Notera: När första lära sig denna teknik är det viktigt att skapa mer kultur än vad som behövs för ett experiment, eftersom flera kommer att läckande.

    Figur 3

    Figur 3: "Good vs läckande" kultur

Att upprätthålla DRG nervceller i fackindelade kulturer

  1. Dag 1: Byt DRG media i sidofack med 100ng/mL DRGN media + Arac. Utför dissektion och lägga till celler till centrum fack (100.000 celler).
  2. Dag 2: Lägg 10ng/mL media + Arac till utsidan av teflon avdelare tills medierna flyter över fettspärr och utbyte vätska med centrum facket.
  3. Dag 3: Byt media i sidofack till 100ng/mL DRGN utelämna Arac och surroundljud med 10ng/mL DRGN utelämna Arac.
  4. Dag 6: Byt media i sidofack till 1ng/mL + Arac och surroundljud med DRG media + Arac.
  5. Dag 9: Använd för experiment.


    Figur 4

    Figur 4: IHC bilder av cellens organ och distala axoner



    Observera: Vid byte av media, är det viktigt att aspirera vätskan från toppen av varje sida fack. Också, aldrig ändra media från det mellersta facket självt, bara från surround, och lät den rinna över fettet barriären till centrum.

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Discussion

I den här filmen har vi visat hur man förbereder och underhåller fackindelade kamrar för användning i nervceller odling DRG. Görs rätt, ger detta system separation av cellkroppen från axonet för att studera mekanismer genom vilka neurotrofinernas signaler över långa axoner. Eftersom det finns fluidic isolering mellan fack, gör det för selektiv stimulering eller behandling av en avdelning utan att de andra facken påverkas. Fackindelade kammare kulturer kan stödja andra celltyper inklusive sympatiska nervceller från den överlägsna livmoderhalscancer ganglierna, retinal nervceller ganglion, och kortikala nervceller. Spatial förståelse för neurotrophin signaltransduktion kan ge nya insikter i behandling av neurodegenerativa sjukdomar. Flera neurodegenerativa sjukdomar, inklusive Alzheimers sjukdom, Huntingtons sjukdom och motor neuron sjukdom, är förknippade med defekter i axonal transport. Nyligen genomförda studier har använt mikroflödessystem kammare i stället för dessa fackindelade kammare. Den mikroflödessystem kamrarna 4,5 ha flera fördelar för bildanalys.

Tidigare studier har testat möjligheterna för dessa kulturer för att förhindra spridning mellan axon och cellkroppen facket 1,3,6. Detta kan lätt testas genom att lägga till låga koncentrationer av ett färgämne som trypan blå till ett fack bara, och leta efter spridning av färgen. Det ska vara liten eller ingen spridning synliga inom 24 timmar.

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Acknowledgements

Vi vill tacka Katharina Cosker och Stephanie Courchesne för bra diskussioner.

Materials

Name Type Company Catalog Number Comments
collagen Reagent BD Biosciences 354249
N2-methylcellulose 400CPS Reagent Sel-Win Chemicals
Teflon divider Other Tyler Research CAMP10 many other types of dividers are available
Pin rake Tool Tyler Research Camp-PR
Grease loader Tool Tyler Research Camp-GLSS
DMEM Reagent Fisher Scientific MT10017CV
NGF Reagent PeproTech Inc 450-01
BDNF Reagent PeproTech Inc 450-02
High vacuum grease Reagent Fisher Scientific 14-635-5D
AraC Reagent Sigma-Aldrich C-1768
23 gauge luer stub adapter Tool Fisher Scientific 427565
90° angle hemostats Tool Roboz Surgical Instruments Co. RS-7035

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References

  1. Campenot, R. B. Independent Control of the Local Environment of Somas and Neurites. Methods in Enzymology. 58, 302-307 (1979).
  2. Watson, F. L., et al. Neurotrophins use the Erk5 pathway to mediate a retrograde survival response. Nature Neuroscience. 4, 981-988 (2001).
  3. Heerssen, H. M., et al. Dynein motors transport activated Trks to promote survival of target-dependent neurons. Nature Neuroscience. 7, 596-603 (2004).
  4. Taylor, A. M., et al. A microfluidic culture platform for CNS axonal injury, regeneration and transport. Nature Methods. 2, 599-605 (2006).
  5. Park, J. W., et al. Microfluidic culture platform for neuroscience research. Nat Protoc. 4, 2128-2136 (2006).
  6. Ure, D. R., et al. Retrograde transport and steady-state distribution of 125I-nerve growth factor in rat sympathetic neurons in compartmented cultures. J Neuroscience. 4, 1282-1290 (1997).

Comments

49 Comments

  1. Hi I have just watch your presentaion on the Preparation and Maintenance of Dorsal Root Ganglia Neurons in Compartmented Cultures and it was very impressive. I am intersted in the function of the methylcellulose, dŒs it provide a space through which the axons can pass, do the cell bodies settle on the collagen surface. Regards Paul

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    November 19, 2008 - 7:27 AM
  2. Hi Paul-
    Thank you for your comment.  The cell bodies do settle onto the collagen surface.  As for the small amount of N²-methylcellulose that is placed on the center of the scratch, the media acts as a space for the axons to extend easily on and the methylcellulose is used to thicken the media slightly. 

    Good Luck,
    Maria

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    December 15, 2008 - 3:06 PM
  3. Hi, your method looks simple and powerfull. It's possible to make an immuno staining without to remove the teflon divider? DŒs the divider cause troubles during immunofluorescence staining for example? Regards Giuseppe 

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    December 13, 2008 - 7:35 AM
  4. Hi Giuseppe-
    Thank you for your comment. Fix, wash and add antibodies as usual within the compartments for immunostaining. Remove the divider, carefully wipe away excess grease and coverslip before imaging.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    December 15, 2008 - 3:52 PM
  5. Hi Maria,

    I had a question about immunostaining. So in reference to your above comment, you keep the teflon dividers in place when you fix and add antibodies, and only remove it at the end of immunostaining? Is anything else different?

    Thanks,
    Supraja.

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 - 7:01 PM
  6. Hi Supraja-
    Yes, only remove the divider at the end of the immunostaining. Everything else is done exactly the same.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    October 25, 2010 - 3:42 PM
  7. Hi, beautiful work, congratulations! Have you tried to cultivate adult DRG also? Best regards and good luck! Otilia

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    February 5, 2009 - 6:34 AM
  8. Hi Otilia- Thank you for your comment.  We have not tried cultivating adult DRGs in this system.   Good Luck, Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 19, 2009 - 12:03 PM
  9. Dear Otilia,

    I too was really impressed by Maria's work and wanted to use the technique for my work. I just wanted to let you know that I have been using adult DRGs in this system and it still works brilliantly.

    Best regards,

    Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    September 2, 2009 - 1:02 PM
  10. Thanks a lot, Philippa!

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 18, 2010 - 4:08 PM
  11. Hi, I hvae not been able to watch the video.  Could you please email me  a copy. Sincerely, Supinder Bedi, Ph.D. University of Texas, Houston

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    February 11, 2009 - 3:39 PM
  12. Hi, We are very interested in your method, that’s great!
    We have one question: on day1, how do you "perform dissection and add cells to center compartment (100,000cells)"?  Can you please provide more details? Best regards Yi

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 5, 2009 - 3:52 PM
  13. Hi Amazing video; really impressive and well constructed. I'm hoping to use the compartmented culture system for some of my experiments and so am currently trying to set it up however as i hope to do immunostaining of the cultures I was just wondering whether you use just normal polystyrene cell culture dishes or glass-bottomed dishes/ dishes with a glass coverlip plated in it? If you use glass what thickness and type of glass do you use? The reason I ask is I've been seeing whether I can coat glass coverslips with collagen in order to be able to detach them from the dishes and mount them onto microscope slides later however I don't seem to be able to coat the borosilicate glass coverslips that I have. I've tried all sorts of methods including your protocol here but it seems that the collagen dŒsn't want to stick to the glass. They are definitely degreased throughly therefore I was wondering whether it was an issue with the charge of the glass and whether there was a different sort of glass I should be using. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Best regards, Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Philippa M.
    March 19, 2009 - 7:25 AM
  14. Hi Philippa- Thank you for your comment.  We only use polystyrene cell culture dishes that have been coated with collagen.  It is impossible to make the necessary scratches on the glass.  We often do immunostaining and image with this system, however, there is another system, microfluidic chambers, that may give you higher quality images. Good Luck, Maria  

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 19, 2009 - 11:56 AM
  15. Dear Philippa, I have seen the video and read your comment only yesterday, but maybe this can help: at www.mattek.com, you can order 35mm or 50mm dishes with a partially glass bottom (coverslip that you can even take out afterwards and that is either uncoated or coated with collagen or poly-D-lysine). We have been using them on a regular basis for live cell imaging and they're very useful. From my side, I was wondering if you made any progress with scratching glass dishes, because I would like to do this for my particular experiment. Best regards, Katrien

    Reply
    Posted by: Katrien J.
    August 28, 2009 - 5:01 AM
  16. Hi Katrien,

    Thank you for your suggestions. In answer to your question unfortunately I wasn't able to scratch the glass coverslips. Unfortunately I think it would be a case of having to get them engraved independently. I've been using the polystyrene cell culture dishes since and although maybe the optics aren't as good as they could I'm actually still able to obtain very good images after immunostaining with the inverted microscope. So if this is similar to what you plan to do it might be worth a try. Best of luck.

    Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    September 2, 2009 - 3:29 AM
  17. Hi Philippa, thanks for your answer. Would it be possible to let me know what magnification objective you use and what kind of structures you are looking at, just to have an idea if this might work for me as well?
    Thank you and best regards, katrien

    Reply
    Posted by: Katrien J.
    September 2, 2009 - 3:38 AM
  18. Of course: I work with a ²0x magnification and take a series of consecutive images of the neurites that have extended into the side compartments in order to reconstruct the whole image and assess neurite outgrowth before and after a treatment. I would prefer to use 10x magnification but we don't have the lens for it. Hope that helps. Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    September 2, 2009 - 12:59 PM
  19. Hi Amazing video; really impressive and well constructed. I'm hoping to use the compartmented culture system for some of my experiments and so am currently trying to set it up however as i hope to do immunostaining of the cultures I was just wondering whether you use just normal polystyrene cell culture dishes or glass-bottomed dishes/ dishes with a glass coverlip plated in it? If you use glass what thickness and type of glass do you use? The reason I ask is I've been seeing whether I can coat glass coverslips with collagen in order to be able to detach them from the dishes and mount them onto microscope slides later however I don't seem to be able to coat the borosilicate glass coverslips that I have. I've tried all sorts of methods including your protocol here but it seems that the collagen dŒsn't want to stick to the glass. They are definitely degreased throughly therefore I was wondering whether it was an issue with the charge of the glass and whether there was a different sort of glass I should be using. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Best regards, Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Philippa M.
    March 19, 2009 - 8:12 AM
  20. Hi Amazing video; really impressive and well constructed. I'm hoping to use the compartmented culture system for some of my experiments and so am currently trying to set it up however as i hope to do immunostaining of the cultures I was just wondering whether you use just normal polystyrene cell culture dishes or glass-bottomed dishes/ dishes with a glass coverlip plated in it? If you use glass what thickness and type of glass do you use? The reason I ask is I've been seeing whether I can coat glass coverslips with collagen in order to be able to detach them from the dishes and mount them onto microscope slides later however I don't seem to be able to coat the borosilicate glass coverslips that I have. I've tried all sorts of methods including your protocol here but it seems that the collagen dŒsn't want to stick to the glass. They are definitely degreased throughly therefore I was wondering whether it was an issue with the charge of the glass and whether there was a different sort of glass I should be using. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Best regards, Philippa

    Reply
    Posted by: Philippa M.
    March 19, 2009 - 2:04 PM
  21. Hi,   Could you please elaborate a bit more on the DRG dissection and how you get to 100,000 cells please Thanks,   Gustavo Ayala R. Clarence and Irene H Fullbright Chair in Pathology Professor Baylor College of Medcine  

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 24, 2009 - 4:58 PM
  22. hi, thank you for the presentation, your novel model for preparation of drg neurons seem to be very efficient. can you please elaborate how did you get the neurons and how old was the rat fetus? thanks ahead, Amit Moran, moranamit@gmail.com    

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 30, 2009 - 11:58 PM
  23. It is very interesting. I am wondering regarding the use of NGF. You have used Recombinant human beta NGF. Is there any special reason you used human NGF? or is it ok that we can use rat NGF?

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    June 23, 2009 - 3:16 PM
  24. Hi Anand-

    We prefer to use the recombinant human NGF but it is certainly okay to use rat NGF.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    June 30, 2009 - 12:51 PM
  25. Thanks for your presentation. Have you ever tried cultivating hippocampal neurons? If it 's, what did you coated with your dish, collagen or poly-l-lysine?

    Regards


    Mei

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    August 18, 2009 - 4:35 PM
  26. Hi Mei-

    Sorry, we have never cultivated hippocampal neurons using this system. There is a paper, Ivins et al., 1998, that uses a modified compartmented culture system that you may find helpful.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    August 21, 2009 - 1:39 PM
  27. Dear colleges, thank you very much for nice performance and demonstration of this method!
    I have a question. How do you think could I use this compartmented culture to investigated axonal degeneration. If I will add a substance under the investigation to axonal part of chamber, how could I be sure that this compound dŒs not penetrate to cell body part?
    Thank you very much for answer beforehand and good luck in your future experiment!!!

    Reply
    Posted by: Liudmila E.
    September 28, 2009 - 9:17 AM
  28. Hi Lula-
    If set up properly (no leakage) these chambers are fluidically isolated.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 2:54 PM
  29. Ok, how it could be isolated?: side parts and middle parts fluidically, if even neurites can pass through this barrier. That means that compounds (chemical substance) can do it also. am I wrong?

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 14, 2010 - 4:49 AM
  30. Hi Maria,
    I will like to confirm the concentration of collagen coating that you use have on the protocol (0,71mg/mL diluted in 0,001N HCl). In our lab we use collagen coating for cultures and the concentration is very less.
    Regards
    AleMorán

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    September 28, 2009 - 1:09 PM
  31. Hi Alemor-
    Yes, that is the correct concentration of collagen.
    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 2:39 PM
  32. Thanks Maria,
    I would like to ask you a new cuestion. Did you cut de needle to avoid de sharp point?
    Regards

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 30, 2010 - 11:29 AM
  33. Hi-
    The adapter that we use has a blunt end. It's a ²3 gauge luer stub adapter (Fisher cat #4²7565).
    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    March 30, 2010 - 2:55 PM
  34. Hi, It is quite interesting. I need some help in isolating DRG. I tried. But not able to identify them. Can you pls help me.
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    October 26, 2009 - 3:44 PM
  35. Hi Anand-
    The DRGs are located along each side of the spinal cord. In the E15 rats, the DRGs are clearly visible as ganglia along the spinal cord. At older ages the DRGs are encased within the vertebrae.
    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 2:42 PM
  36. Hi,
    Great presentation!
    I was wondering, what antibodies did you use for the IHC images?

    Thanks,
    Amy

    Reply
    Posted by: Amy M.
    December 1, 2009 - 8:43 PM
  37. Hi,

    many thanks for posting this really helpful video. When you apply the grease on the divider do you work under a hood? If not, how do you maintain sterility? I have tried working outside a hood and I have had problem of contamination (all solutions, and tools have been either filtered or autoclaved)

    Kind regards,

    Ale

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 11:31 AM
  38. Hi Ale-
    It would be best if you set up the cultures in a dissecting hood if you are having problems with contamination. We use UV to sterilize the area but the hood that we work under has no air flow and is therefore not a completely sterile environment.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 2:51 PM
  39. Hi
    Beautiful work! And I have been tried to constructed the compartmented cultures for many times but failed .I don't know why. I wonder how do you get to 100,000 cells .Could you please elaborate a bit more on the DRG dissection .In my compartmented cultures ,there are only a few axons across the barrier and get to the distal compartment.I have tried it for many times but the results are the same.I guss if the cell differentiation is not good enough or something wrong with the applying grease.I have no idea .So i think if you can give me your email and I have many problems to ask you.My email is jjdongch@gmail .com. I am looking forward to your reply .Thank you!

    Reply
    Posted by: jingjing d.
    May 17, 2012 - 7:39 AM
  40. Hi!, excellent video!. We are reproducing this system, but now, we have problem with collagen coating. It does not gelled 3 or 5 days after!, in fact, it does not change. We´re using the same collagen (BD Bioscience ,354249) and your final concentration (0.71mg/ml diluted in 0.001N HCl). What recommendations do you have?.

    Kind Regards!

    Reply
    Posted by: DIANA M.
    January 9, 2014 - 1:00 PM
  41. Hi Diana-
    The plates need to be put in a dry oven at 37 degrees for 3 days. Are you doing that? Also, the collagen doesn't gel, it dries completely. Good luck and feel free to email me with any additional questions. maria_pazyra@dfci.harvard.edu

    Reply
    Posted by: Anonymous
    January 9, 2014 - 1:29 PM
  42. Great article. What are the product numbers and companies for methylcellulose and N2 serum free media?

    Reply
    Posted by: Eric W.
    June 17, 2014 - 3:04 PM
  43. Hi Eric- The methylcellulose we currently use is from Xenex (catalog # E4M) and the serum free media is just plain DMEM. Good Luck, Maria

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    June 17, 2014 - 3:21 PM
  44. Hi, Maria
    Your article and video in jove helped our research a lot, excellent!
    I have one question. Are you still using N2-MC? Please let me know, if there is better one that can prevents grease from closing grooves.
    Thank you
    S
    Thank you

    Reply
    Posted by: Shingo K.
    October 13, 2015 - 11:31 AM
  45. Hi Shingo-
    I'm not sure I understand your question. Are your axons not growing through the grooves? The N2 is used to help the axons slide under the grease and we still use the Xenex brand. If your axons are not growing through it is probably more about how much pressure you are applying when you press the dish to the teflon divider.

    Good Luck,
    Maria

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 - 11:54 AM
  46. Hi Maria-
    Thanks for your quick reply.
    Axons do grow well into the next chamber with N2-MC, but not through all the grooves I made (~50%). I am wondering if there is other potential substance (i.e., one with higher viscosity) that I can try...
    I am expecting more... or do you think ~50% is OK ?
    shingo

    Reply
    Posted by: Shingo K.
    October 13, 2015 - 1:53 PM
  47. Shingo-
    My suggestion would be to add more N2 to cover more of the grooves. I don't know of any other substance that would work. 50% is actually pretty good.

    Best,
    Maria

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 - 2:09 PM
  48. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for publishing this protocol. I have been trying to grow cortical neurons in a custom made Teflon divider (1.5mm width of central compartment and 0.8mm height of divider), without much success. The cell bodies leak in the side compartments.
    I have coated the dish with poly-d-lysine instead of collagen do you think this can affect the chamber set up? Have you ever tried to culture cortical neurons in this chamber or know someone who has? I'm thinking that perhaps the cell body of cortical neurons is smaller than DRGs and this could cause leakage, what do you think?

    Regarding the methylcellulose step. I diluted it in Neurobasal (already supplemented with Pen Strep and Glutamax). I've added it on the middle of the scratched region and then applied the divider with grease in the same way as you explain in the video.I removed it before adding the cells but I did not let it dry. Are you supposed to leave the drop medium with methylcellulose when cells are added? How long do the cells need before they attach to the dish completely?

    Any advice on how to improve my method would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot in advance,

    Anna

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    Posted by: University of Aberdeen .
    April 5, 2016 - 2:05 PM
  49. Hi Anna-
    We have never cultured cortical neurons in this system before but I do think that the collagen or matrigel (that's what we use now) is essential. I don't think the size of the cells is a factor. It's probably more about the grease. And mastering that only comes with lots and lots of practice. Are you using these for biochemistry? If you are using them for staining or imaging you should look into microfluidic chambers. We use those in the lab too. We leave the methylcellulose in the center compartment so no need to remove it before plating the cells....and the cells should attach within a couple of hours. Good luck and please feel free to email me with any further questions. maria_pazyra@dfci.harvard.edu

    Best,
    Maria

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    April 5, 2016 - 3:34 PM

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