Rat fetal ventral mesencephalon grown as solid tissue cultures: influence of culture time and BDNF treatment on dopamine neuron survival and function

G U Höglinger, J Sautter, Morten Meyer, C Spenger, R W Seiler, W H Oertel, H R Widmer

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Abstract

Free-floating roller tube (FFRT) cultures of fetal rat and human nigral tissue are a means for tissue storage prior to grafting in experimental Parkinson's disease. In the present study, FFRT cultures prepared from embryonic-day-14 rat ventral mesencephalon were maintained for 4, 8, 12, or 16 days in vitro (DIV) in the presence or absence (controls) of BDNF [100 ng/ml]. The dopamine content in the culture medium, analyzed by HPLC, was significantly higher (4-5 fold) in the BDNF group at DIV 8 and DIV 12 compared to the corresponding control levels (40 pg/ml). The number of tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive neurons was significantly higher for BDNF treated cultures (2729+/-300) at DIV 8, as compared to controls (1679+/-217). At DIV 12, the culture volume was significantly increased by BDNF (1.05+/-0.12 vs. 0.71+/-0.04 mm3). Similar results were obtained for total protein. Western blot analysis demonstrated increasing signals for GFAP with increasing time in culture, but levels for control and BDNF treated cultures did not differ at any time-point investigated. In conclusion, it is suggested that the time window for effective storage of dopaminergic tissue prior to grafting can be extended by using the FFRT culture technique and that the in vitro storage may be further prolonged by treatment with BDNF.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBrain Research
Volume813
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)313-22
Number of pages9
ISSN0006-8993
Publication statusPublished - 7. Dec 1998

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Cell Survival
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Culture Media
  • Dopamine
  • Female
  • Fetus
  • Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein
  • Mesencephalon
  • Neuroglia
  • Neurons
  • Phosphopyruvate Hydratase
  • Pregnancy
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Time Factors
  • Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase

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    Höglinger, G. U., Sautter, J., Meyer, M., Spenger, C., Seiler, R. W., Oertel, W. H., & Widmer, H. R. (1998). Rat fetal ventral mesencephalon grown as solid tissue cultures: influence of culture time and BDNF treatment on dopamine neuron survival and function. Brain Research, 813(2), 313-22.