Book Chapter

Neurotoxicity of prion peptides on cultured cerebellar neurons.

Giuseppe D Ciccotosto, Roberto Cappai, Anthony R White

Methods in Molecular Biology | Published : 2008


Prion peptide (PrP) neurotoxicity has been modelled in vitro by using synthetic peptides derived from the PrP(C) sequence. The major region of neurotoxicity has been localized to the hydrophobic domain located in the middle of the PrP sequence. The neurotoxicity assays are typically performed on cultured mouse cerebellar neurons derived from neonatal pups, and viability can be monitored by a variety of assays, including MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium); MTS (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt) lactate dehydrogenase release; and apoptotic assays. These neurotoxicity studies have been useful in identify..

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