Characterization of a novel primary culture system of adult zebrafish brainstem cells

Alexis Tapanes-Castillo, Francelethia S. Shabazz, Mam Y. Mboge, Katarina Vajn, Martin Oudega, Jeffery A. Plunkett

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Adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) have a remarkable ability to restore function after an injury to the brain or spinal cord. The molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are not fully understood. To enable investigation of these mechanisms we have developed an in vitro model system from the adult zebrafish brainstem, which can be maintained under serum-containing and serum-free conditions. While cultures are predominantly neuronal, they also contain glia and stem progenitor cells. Various stages of cellular differentiation are observed among both neuronal and non-neuronal populations. Quantitative morphological results revealed typical cellular growth over a two-week period. We argue that our novel brainstem culture model offers a powerful tool for the studies of axonal growth, neurogenesis, and regeneration in the adult zebrafish central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
StatePublished - Feb 15 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Brainstem
  • CNS
  • Danio rerio
  • Glia
  • Neuron
  • Regeneration
  • Stem cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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