Imaging neural stem cell fate in mouse model of glioma

Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol. 2009 Mar:Chapter 5:Unit 5A.1. doi: 10.1002/9780470151808.sc05a01s8.


This unit describes a protocol for following the fate of stem cells in real time in a mouse model of glioma. Stem cells and tumor cells can be transduced with lentiviral vectors bearing two different luciferases, firefly luciferase (Fluc) and Renilla (Rluc) luciferase, respectively. With the cells labeled in this manner, bioluminescence imaging can be used to study the fate of stem cells in glioma-bearing brains in vivo.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Glioma / pathology*
  • Lentivirus / genetics
  • Luciferases, Firefly
  • Luciferases, Renilla
  • Luminescent Measurements
  • Methods
  • Mice
  • Neurons / pathology*
  • Stem Cells / pathology*
  • Transduction, Genetic


  • Luciferases, Renilla
  • Luciferases, Firefly