November 28, 2020

Mass Generation, Neuron Labelling and 3D Imaging of Minibrains

Minibrain is a spherical in vitro 3D brain organoid model, composed of a mixed population of neurons and glial cells, generated from human iPSC derived neural stem cells. Despite the advances in human brain organoid models, there is a lack of labelling and imaging methodologies to characterize these models. In this study, we present a step-by-step methodology to generate human minibrain nurseries and novel strategies to subsequently label projection neurons, perform immunohistochemistry and 3D imaging of the minibrains at large multiplexable scales. To visualize projection neurons, we adapt viral transduction and to visualize the organization of cell types we implement immunohistochemistry. To facilitate 3D imaging of minibrains, we present here pipelines and accessories for one step mounting and clearing suitable for confocal microscopy. The pipelines are specifically designed in such a way that the assays can be multiplexed with ease for large-scale screenings using minibrains. Using the pipeline, we present i. dendrite morphometric properties obtained from 3D neuron morphology reconstructions and ii. distribution and quantification of cell types in 3D across whole mount organoids.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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