Microglia and astrocytes are implicated in aging and age-related diseases. Here, we present a protocol to isolate and culture these glia cells from the murine brain. The protocol consists of two parts: magnetic sorting of adult microglia and mechanical/magnetic sorting of adult microglia and astrocytes. We then describe the characterization of these glial cells by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Microglia isolated from aged mice maintain age-related phenotype during culture. These purified glia cells can be applied in ex vivo studies.
Keywords: Cell Biology; Cell culture; Cell isolation; Flow Cytometry/Mass Cytometry; Immunology; Neuroscience; Single Cell.
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