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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult onset neurological disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons leading to progressive muscle wasting and eventually death. Astrocytes play a key role in disease pathogenesis. However, the ability to study astrocytic support towards motor neurons in ALS has been limited by a lack of sustainable high-throughput human cell models. Moreover, the ability to assess how astrocytic support of motor neurons is influenced by drug treatment or nutritional supplementation has been hampered by the lack of robust methodology. We have developed a high-throughput astrocyte motor neuron co-culture assay, which, by using Hb9-GFP+ motor neurons enables researchers to assess how ALS affects the ability of astrocytes to support motor neurons in 384-well plates. Moreover, astrocyte function can be manipulated by nutritional supplementation or drug treatment to identify possible therapeutic targets.

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