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Title: Isolation of Transcriptomic-Quality Total RNA from Mouse Spinal Cords.

Authors: Stokes, John V; Nicaise, Ashleigh J; Frodella, Christa M; Varela-Stokes, Andrea S; Thompson, Tom; Kaplan, Barbara L F

Published In Curr Protoc, (2022 Jan)

Abstract: Assessing cells, proteins, and total RNA in the spinal cord is vital for advancing our understanding of neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. For instance, immune cells infiltrate the spinal cord in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model, commonly used to study multiple sclerosis. Thus, it is valuable to assess total RNA to determine the neuronal and inflammatory profiles in the spinal cord. Further, RNA profiles are useful for deciphering the effects of drugs or chemicals on neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases such as EAE. The purpose of this protocol and the online video illustrating it is to describe and demonstrate the expulsion of the spinal cord from the mouse spinal column and homogenization of the spinal cord using liquid nitrogen for optimal RNA isolation. Although we present this method with spinal cords from EAE mice, the technique is broadly applicable, including RNA isolation from the spinal cords of healthy mice. Proper performance of these steps is critical to achieving a sufficient yield of transcriptomic-quality spinal cord RNA when combined with final isolation using commercially available kits. © 2022 Wiley Periodicals LLC. Basic Protocol 1: Isolation of the spinal cord from the spinal column Support Protocol: Preparation of blunt-end needle for spinal cord isolation Basic Protocol 2: Spinal cord homogenization using liquid nitrogen Basic Protocol 3: Assessment of RNA purity, quantification, and integrity.

PubMed ID: 35030295 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Animals; Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental*/genetics; Mice; Neuroinflammatory Diseases; RNA/genetics; Spinal Cord; Transcriptome*

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