Neural Precursor Cell-Based Screening & Bioassay Kit

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Neural Precursor Cell-Based Screening & Bioassay Kit Summary

Neural stem cells provide an excellent model for research focused on neural development and neurological disorders. R&D Systems offers ready-to-use primary cortical stem cells isolated from E14.5 Sprague-Dawley rats. In addition, primary mouse cortical stem cells isolated from E14.5 CD-1 mice are available. Every lot of R&D Systems Cortical Stem Cells is validated for a high level of Nestin expression and the capacity for multi-lineage differentiation into astrocytes, neurons, and oligodendrocytes. Our cortical stem cells are tested to ensure highest quality and lot to lot consistency. Both rat and mouse Cortical Stem Cells can be optimally expanded as monolayers or neurospheres.

To complement the use of primary neural stem cells, we offer a range of supportive products, including culture media which is specifically optimized for use with neural stem cells. We offer kits to promote the in vitro proliferation of neural precursors, and kits to differentiate neural stem cells into dopaminergic neurons or oligodendrocytes. In addition, kits are available which contain panels of antibodies designed to monitor the differentiation and identification of neural precursors, astrocytes, neurons, and oligodendrocytes.

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Storage
Store the unopened product at 2 - 8 °C. Do not use past expiration date.

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Assay Procedure

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Briefly, the effects of compounds on neural progenitor cell (NPC) proliferation and differentiation can be evaluated using the following in vitro procedure:

  • Culture NPCs with bioactive agents of interest
  • Assess NPC proliferation using a Redox-sensitive dye
  • Evaluate NPC differentiation using a cell-based ELISA
 

Reagents Provided

Reagents supplied in the Neural Progenitor Cell-Based Screening & Bioassay Kit (Catalog # SC014):

  • Maintenance Supplement (500X)
  • Differentiation Supplement (100X)
  • Fibronectin (100X)
  • Resazurin
  • Wash Buffer (10X)
  • Blocking Buffer
  • HRP-conjugated Mouse Anti-Neuron-specific  beta-III Tubulin
  • Concentrated HRP substrate and diluent
  • Plate sealers
 

Note: The reagents provided in the kit are sufficient for two 96-well plate proliferation assays and two 96-well plate differentiation assays.

Other Supplies Required

Reagents

  • NPC medium (e.g., N-2 Plus Media Supplement (Catalog # AR003) or N-2 MAX Media Supplement (Catalog # AR009) in DMEM or equivalent)
  • Poly-L-Ornithine
  • Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS)
  • Penicillin-Streptomycin-Glutamate (100X)
  • 4% Paraformaldehyde in PBS
  • Sterile deionized water
  • 30% H2O2
  • 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole, dihydrochloride (DAPI)
 

Materials

  • NPCs (Rat Cortical Stem Cells; Catalog # NSC001 or equivalent)
  • 15 mL centrifuge tubes
  • Pipettes and pipette tips
  • Serological pipettes
  • Reagent reservoirs
  • 96-well cell culture microplates
  • Black 96-well clear-bottom cell culture microplates
  • 96-well round bottom plates
 

Equipment

  • 37 °C and 5% CO2 incubator
  • Centrifuge
  • Hemocytometer
  • Inverted microscope
  • 37 °C water bath
  • Horizontal orbital microplate shaker
  • Multi-channel pipette
  • Fluorescence microplate reader
 

Procedure Overview

This protocol has been tested using rat cortical stem cells. If using a different cell line, the protocol below may need to be optimized.


NPC Proliferation Assay

    Plate 1.3 – 2.5 x 104 NPCs/well in 100 µL of Maintenance Supplemented Media +/- 100 µL vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest
  1. Plate 1.3 – 2.5 x 104 NPCs/well in 100 µL of Maintenance Supplemented Media +/- 100 µL vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest.
  2. Incubate the cells at 37 °C and 5% CO2.
  3.  

    After 24 hours, add 20 µL of fresh media per well
  1. After 24 hours, add 20 µL of fresh media per well.
  2.  

    48 hours after initial cell plating, add 20 µL of fresh media and 24 µL of Resazurin per well
  1. 48 hours after initial cell plating, add 20 µL of fresh media and 24 µL of Resazurin per well.
  2. Incubate the cells at 37 °C and 5% CO2.
  3.  
  1. Assess cell proliferation by reading fluorescence using 544 nm excitation and 590 nm emission wavelengths.

NPC Differentiation Assay

    Coat wells of a 96-well plate with Poly-L-Ornithine and Fibronectin
  1. Coat wells of a 96-well plate with Poly-L-Ornithine and Fibronectin.
  2.  

    Plate 2.5 - 5.0 x 10<sup>4</sup> NPCs/well in 200 µL of Maintenance Supplemented Media
  1. Plate 2.5 - 5.0 x 104 NPCs/well in 200 µL of Maintenance Supplemented Media.
  2. Incubate the cells at 37 °C and 5% CO2.
  3.  

    After 24 hours, add 100 µL of fresh media per well.
  1. After 24 hours, add 100 µL of fresh media per well.
  2.  

Day 0 of Differentiation

    48 hours after initial cell plating, replace the media with Differentiation Supplemented Media +/- vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest
  1. 48 hours after initial cell plating, replace the media with Differentiation Supplemented Media +/- vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest.
  2. Incubate the cells at 37 °C and 5% CO2.
  3.  

Day 2,4, & 6 of Differentiation

    Replace the media with fresh Differentiation Supplemented Media +/- vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest
  1. Replace the media with fresh Differentiation Supplemented Media +/- vehicle control or bioactive agent of interest.
  2. Incubate the cells at 37 °C and 5% CO2.
  3.  

Day 7 of Differentiation

    Fix cells and perform a cell-based ELISA using an HRP-conjugated Neuron-specific beta-III Tubulin antibody
  1. Fix cells and perform a cell-based ELISA using an HRP-conjugated Neuron-specific beta-III Tubulin antibody.
  2.  

Reagents Provided

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