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    Generation of Human iPSC-derived Neural Progenitor Cells (NPCs) as Drug Discovery Model for Neurological and Mitochondrial Disorders
    Authors:  Annika Zink, Pawel Lisowski and Alessandro Prigione, date: 03/05/2021, view: 795, Q&A: 0

    The high attrition rate in drug development processes calls for additional human-based model systems. However, in the context of brain disorders, sampling live neuronal cells for compound testing is not applicable. The use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has revolutionized the field of neuronal disease modeling and drug discovery.

    Relative Quantification of NaV1.1 Protein in Mouse Brains Using a Meso Scale Discovery-Electrochemiluminescence (MSD-ECL) Method
    Authors:  Zhou Han, Anne Christiansen, Meena and Gene Liau, date: 02/05/2021, view: 445, Q&A: 0

    Densitometric analysis is often used to quantify NaV1.1 protein on immunoblots, although the sensitivity and dilution linearity of the method are usually poor. Here we present a protocol for quantification of NaV1.1 in mouse brain tissues using a Meso Scale Discovery-Electrochemiluminescence (MSD-ECL) method. MSD-ECL is based on ELISA

    Characterization of Hippocampal Adult-borne Granule Cells in a Transient Cerebral Ischemia Model
    Authors:  Mihai Ceanga, Madlen Guenther, Ina Ingrisch and Albrecht Kunze, date: 01/20/2021, view: 577, Q&A: 0

    Long-term consequences of stroke significantly impair the quality of life in a growing population of stroke survivors. Hippocampal adult neurogenesis has been hypothesized to play a role in the pathophysiology of cognitive and neuropsychiatric long-term sequelae of stroke. Reliable animal models of stroke are paramount to understanding their

    Non-separate Mouse Sclerochoroid/RPE/Retina Staining and Whole Mount for the Integral Observation of Subretinal Layer
    Authors:  Sung-Jin Lee and Soo-Young Kim, date: 01/05/2021, view: 533, Q&A: 0

    The subretinal layer between retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors is a region involved in inflammation and angiogenesis during the procession of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. The current protocols of whole mounts (retina and RPE) are unable to address the intact view of the subretinal layer because the

    Nestlet Shredding and Nest Building Tests to Assess Features of Psychiatric Disorders in Mice
    Authors:  Fabian Dorninger, Gerhard Zeitler and Johannes Berger, date: 12/20/2020, view: 798, Q&A: 0

    Mimicking the various facets of human psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders in animal models is a challenging task. Nevertheless, mice have emerged as a widely used model system to study pathophysiology and treatment strategies for these diseases. However, the corresponding behavioral tests are often elaborate and require extensive

    Use of Optogenetic Amyloid-β to Monitor Protein Aggregation in Drosophila melanogaster, Danio rerio and Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Prameet Kaur, Caroline Kibat, Emelyne Teo, Jan Gruber, Ajay Mathuru and Nicholas S. Tolwinski, date: 12/05/2020, view: 1115, Q&A: 0

    Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has long been associated with accumulation of extracellular amyloid plaques (Aβ) originating from the Amyloid Precursor Protein. Plaques have, however, been discovered in healthy individuals and not all AD brains show plaques, suggesting that extracellular Aβ aggregates may play a smaller role than

    Maternal Immune Activation with the Viral Mimetic Poly:IC in Pregnant Rats
    Authors:  Thaisa Meira Sandini, Quentin Greba, Brittney Rose Lins and John George Howland, date: 11/20/2020, view: 885, Q&A: 0

    Maternal immune activation (MIA) is increasingly well appreciated as an environmental risk factor for some psychiatric disorders. Administration of proinflammatory compounds such as the synthetic double-stranded RNA molecule polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (polyI:C) to pregnant rodents results in the release of proinflammatory cytokines in the

    An Operant Conditioning Model Combined with a Chemogenetic Approach to Study the Neurobiology of Food Addiction in Mice
    Authors:  Elena Martín-García, Laura Domingo-Rodriguez and Rafael Maldonado, date: 10/05/2020, view: 1000, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of food addiction comprises 3 hallmarks that include the persistence to response without an outcome, the strong motivation for palatable food, and the loss of inhibitory control over food intake that leads to compulsive behavior in addicted individuals. The complex multifactorial nature of this disorder and the unknown neurobiological ...
    Measuring Breathing Patterns in Mice Using Whole-body Plethysmography
    [Abstract] Respiratory dysfunction is among the main cause of severe and fatal pathologies worldwide. The use of effective experimental models and methodologies for the study of the pulmonary pathophysiology is necessary to prevent, control and cure these diseases. Plethysmography, a technique for the assessment of lung function, has been widely applied in ...
    Integration of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (hiPSC)-Derived Neurons into Rat Brain
    Authors:  Xiling Yin, Ted M. Dawson and Valina L. Dawson, date: 09/05/2020, view: 1576, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human neuron transplantation offers novel opportunities for modeling human neurologic diseases and potentially replacement therapies. However, the complex structure of the human cerebral cortex, which is organized in six layers with tightly interconnected excitatory and inhibitory neuronal networks, presents significant challenges for in vivo ...

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