Surgical transplantation of mouse neural stem cells into the spinal cords of mice infected with neurotropic mouse hepatitis virus

J Vis Exp. 2011 Jul 10:(53):e2834. doi: 10.3791/2834.


Mice infected with the neurotropic JHM strain of mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) develop pathological and clinical outcomes similar to patients with the demyelinating disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We have shown that transplantation of NSCs into the spinal cords of sick mice results in a significant improvement in both remyelination and in clinical outcome. Cell replacement therapies for the treatment of chronic neurologic diseases are now a reality and in vivo models are vital in understanding the interactions between the engrafted cells and host tissue microenvironment. This presentation provides an adapted method for transplanting cells into the spinal cord of JHMV-infected mice. In brief, we provide a procedure for i) preparation of NSCs prior to transplant, ii) pre-operative care of mice, iii) exposure of the spinal cord via laminectomy, iv) stereotactic injection of NSCs, and iv) post-operative care.

Publication types

  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Demyelinating Diseases / surgery*
  • Demyelinating Diseases / virology*
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Animal / pathology*
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Animal / surgery*
  • Laminectomy / methods
  • Mice
  • Murine hepatitis virus
  • Neural Stem Cells / transplantation*
  • Spinal Cord / cytology*
  • Spinal Cord / pathology
  • Spinal Cord / virology
  • Stem Cell Transplantation / methods*