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Real Time Videomicroscopy and Semiautomated Analysis of Brain Cell Culture Models of Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion Diseases

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Proper brain function requires the coordinated and intricate interaction between neuronal and glial cells. Like many other neurological conditions, trinucleotide repeat expansion disorders are likely initiated by the synergistic combination of abnormalities hitting different brain cell types, which ultimately disrupt brain function and lead to the onset of neurological symptoms. Understanding how trinucleotide repeat expansions affect the phenotypes and physiology of neurons and glia is fundamental to improve our understanding of disease mechanisms in the brain and shape the design of future therapeutic interventions. Here we describe a protocol for semiautomated videomicroscopy analysis of cultured brain cells, maintained under suitable and controlled conditions. Through real-time monitoring of basic cell phenotypes (such as proliferation, cell morphology, differentiation, and migration) this method provides an accurate primary assessment of the impact of the repeat expansion on the physiology of neurons and glia. The versatility of the system, the automated image acquisition and the semiautomated processing of the data collected allow rapid phenotypic analysis of individual cell types, as well as the investigation of cell-cell interactions. The stability of the acquisition system provides reproducible and robust results. The raw data can be easily exported to other software to perform more sophisticated imaging analysis and statistical tests. In summary, the methods described offer versatile, reproducible, and time-effective means to dissect the impact of the repeat expansion on different brain cell types and on intercellular interactions.
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hal-03753559 , version 1 (21-11-2022)

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Sandra O Braz, Diana M Dinca, Geneviève Gourdon, Mário Gomes-Pereira. Real Time Videomicroscopy and Semiautomated Analysis of Brain Cell Culture Models of Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion Diseases. Methods in Molecular Biology, 2019, Trinucleotide Repeats. Methods and Protocols, 2056, pp.217 - 240. ⟨10.1007/978-1-4939-9784-8_14⟩. ⟨hal-03753559⟩
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