Purkinje cell survival in organotypic cerebellar slice cultures

Jennifer Rakotomamonjy*, Alicia Guemez-Gamboa

*Corresponding author for this work

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Organotypic slice culture is a powerful in vitro model that mimicks in vivo conditions more closely than dissociated primary cell cultures. In early postnatal development, cerebellar Purkinje cells are known to go through a vulnerable period, during which they undergo programmed cell death. Here, we provide a detailed protocol to perform mouse organotypic cerebellar slice culture during this critical time. The slices are further labeled to assess Purkinje cell survival and the efficacy of neuroprotective treatments. This method can be extremely valuable to screen for new neuroactive molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere60353
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number154
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Cerebellum
  • Development
  • Issue 154
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Organotypic
  • Purkinje cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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