Simulating Pancreatic Neuroplasticity: In Vitro Dual-neuron Plasticity Assay


Demir I. E. , Tieftrunk E., Schaefer K., Friess H., Ceyhan G.

JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 86
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3791/51049
  • Dergi Adı: JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS

Özet

Neuroplasticity is an inherent feature of the enteric nervous system and gastrointestinal (GI) innervation under pathological conditions. However, the pathophysiological role of neuroplasticity in GI disorders remains unknown. Novel experimental models which allow simulation and modulation of GI neuroplasticity may enable enhanced appreciation of the contribution of neuroplasticity in particular GI diseases such as pancreatic cancer (PCa) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). Here, we present a protocol for simulation of pancreatic neuroplasticity under in vitro conditions using newborn rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and myenteric plexus (MP) neurons. This dual-neuron approach not only permits monitoring of both organ-intrinsic and -extrinsic neuroplasticity, but also represents a valuable tool to assess neuronal and glial morphology and electrophysiology. Moreover, it allows functional modulation of supplied microenvironmental contents for studying their impact on neuroplasticity. Once established, the present neuroplasticity assay bears the potential of being applicable to the study of neuroplasticity in any GI organ.