Combining electrophysiology and optogenetics for functional screening of pyramidal neurons in the mouse prefrontal cortex

STAR Protoc. 2021 Apr 15;2(2):100469. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2021.100469. eCollection 2021 Jun 18.


Here, we present a comprehensive protocol to analyze the roles of disease-related genes in synaptic transmission. We have developed a pipeline of electrophysiological techniques and combined these with optogenetics in the medial prefrontal cortex of mice. This methodology provides a cost-effective, faster, and easier screening approach to elucidate functional aspects of single genes in several regions in the mouse brain such as a specific layer of the mPFC. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Nagahama et al. (2020) and Sacai et al. (2020).

Keywords: High Throughput Screening; Microscopy; Neuroscience.