Differentiation of a Human Neural Stem Cell Line on Three Dimensional Cultures, Analysis of MicroRNA and Putative Target Genes

J Vis Exp. 2015 Apr 12;(98):52410. doi: 10.3791/52410.


Neural stem cells (NSCs) are capable of self-renewal and differentiation into neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes under specific local microenvironments. In here, we present a set of methods used for three dimensional (3D) differentiation and miRNA analysis of a clonal human neural stem cell (hNSC) line, currently in clinical trials for stroke disability (NCT01151124 and NCT02117635, Clinicaltrials.gov). HNSCs were derived from an ethical approved first trimester human fetal cortex and conditionally immortalized using retroviral integration of a single copy of the c-mycER(TAM)construct. We describe how to measure axon process outgrowth of hNSCs differentiated on 3D scaffolds and how to quantify associated changes in miRNA expression using PCR array. Furthermore we exemplify computational analysis with the aim of selecting miRNA putative targets. SOX5 and NR4A3 were identified as suitable miRNA putative target of selected significantly down-regulated miRNAs in differentiated hNSC. MiRNA target validation was performed on SOX5 and NR4A3 3'UTRs by dual reporter plasmid transfection and dual luciferase assay.

Publication types

  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Cell Culture Techniques / methods*
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Cell Line
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / analysis*
  • MicroRNAs / biosynthesis
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • Neural Stem Cells / chemistry
  • Neural Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Neurons / chemistry
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Oligodendroglia / chemistry
  • Oligodendroglia / cytology
  • Transfection


  • MicroRNAs

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01151124
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02117635