Preparation of dissociated mouse cortical neuron cultures

J Vis Exp. 2007;(10):562. doi: 10.3791/562. Epub 2007 Dec 19.

Abstract

This video will guide you through the process for generating cortical neuronal cultures from late embryo and early postnatal mouse brain. These cultures can be used for a variety of applications including immunocytochemistry, biochemistry, electrophysiology, calcium and sodium imaging, protein and/or RNA isolation. These cultures also provide a platform to study the neuronal development of transgenic animals that carry a late embryonic or postnatal lethal gene mutation. The procedure is relatively straight forward, requires some experience in tissue culture technique and should not take longer than two to three hours if you are properly prepared. Careful separation of the cortical rind from the thalamo-cortical fiber tract will reduce the number of unwanted non-neuronal cells. To increase yields of neuronal cells triturate the pieces of the cortical tissue gently after the enzyme incubation step. This is imperative as it prevents unnecessary injury to cells and premature neuronal cell death. Since these cultures are maintained in the absence of glia feeder cells, they also offer an added advantage of growing cultures enriched in neurons.

Publication types

  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Cell Separation / methods*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cerebral Cortex / cytology*
  • Embryo, Mammalian
  • Mice
  • Neurons*
  • Tissue Culture Techniques