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Organotypic Slice Cultures to Study Oligodendrocyte Proliferation, Fate, and Myelination

  • Amin Sherafat
  • Robert A. Hill
  • Akiko NishiyamaEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1791)


Oligodendrocyte development and myelination are processes in the central nervous system that are regulated by cell intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms. Organotypic slice cultures provide a simple method for studying factors that affect oligodendrocyte proliferation, differentiation, and myelination in the context of the local cellular environment. Here we show that major glial cell types and neurons are preserved in slice cultures from postnatal mouse forebrain, and their morphological characteristics are retained. We further demonstrate that cellular processes requiring interactions with neighboring cells such as myelination can proceed in slice culture.

Key words

Oligodendrocyte Myelin Oligodendrocyte precursor NG2 PDGF Pdgfrα Proliferation Organotypic slice culture 



This work was supported by grants from NIH (R01 NS073425 and R01 NS074870) to AN. We thank Youfen Sun for maintaining the transgenic mouse colony.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amin Sherafat
    • 2
  • Robert A. Hill
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Akiko Nishiyama
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and NeurobiologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyYale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  4. 4.Institute of Systems GenomicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  5. 5.Institute of Brain and Cognitive ScienceUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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