Dataset features


Application: Gene expression microarray analysis
Number of samples: 12
Release date: Jul 14 2012
Last update date: Aug 23 2018
Access: Public
Diseases: Alzheimer Disease
Chemicals: Cholesterol, Desmosterol, Phosphates
Dataset link Adult and neonatal astrocytes exhibit diverse gene expression profiles during exposure to beta amyloid ex vivo

Experimental Protocol

Astrocyte cultures: For the adult astrocyte cultures, hippocampi and cortices were isolated from 6-8-week-old C57Bl/6j wild-type and tg eGFP mice and the tissue was suspended in DMEM/F12 (3:1, Gibco BRL, NY, USA) containing 10 % heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (Gibco BRL) and 100 U / ml penicillin-streptomycin (Gibco BRL). The cells were treated with Percoll (Sigma-Aldrich, St.Louis, USA) and plated onto poly-L-lysine coated flasks in DMEM/F12 (3:1) containing 10 % heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum, 100 U / ml penicillin-streptomycin and G5 supplement (Gibco BRL). Before the experiments the glial cell cultures were shaken to remove microglia at 200 rpm for 2 h. For the neonatal astrocyte cultures, hippocampi and cortices were isolated from 2-day-old wild-type and eGFP mice according to the protocol described above, except that the culture medium was DMEM (+4500mg/l glucose, + L-glutamine, -pyruvate, Gibco BRL) without G5 supplement and the isolation method included no Percoll treatment. Standard anti-GFAP (1:500; Dako Cytomation, Glostrup, Denmark) immunocytochemistry was used to determine the purity of astrocyte cultures. The cells were incubated with biotinylated goat anti-rabbit IgG (1:200 dilution; Vector Laboratories, CA) secondary antibody and Vectastain ABC Elite kit was used (Vector Laboratories) according to manufacturer’s protocol. Hydroxen peroxide (H2O2) and nickel enhanced diaminobenzidine (Ni-DAB) was added to detect the immunoreactivity. Three fields per well and at least three wells per cell type were analyzed for the percentage of Ni-DAB stained cells of all cellular profiles in the field. Adult and neonatal astrocyte cultures both contained on average 99.6 % ± 0.6 % anti-GFAP immunoreactive astrocytes. Anti-Iba (2 µg/ml; Wako, Germany) and anti-CD11b (1:500 dilution; Serotec, UK) antibodies were used to detect possible microglial cells. The cultures contained less than 0.4 % of microglial cells in all experiments. Ex vivo treatments: tg APdE9 / wild-type mouse brain section incubated with neonatal (age 3 d) or adult (age 6-8 wks) mouse eGFP expressing astrocytes (4 x 105 cells / well), n=6. The mouse brain sections used were prepared from tg APdE9 mouse line (created by co-injection of chimeric mouse/human APPSwe and PS1-dE9 vectors, both controlled by their own mouse prion protein promoter element [APdE9 mice (Jankowsky et al. 2004) provided by Prof. Heikki Tanila] and their wild type C57Bl/6j littermates. Before the mRNA isolation process, the samples were pooled (n=3). The purity of the samples was checked with FACS (FACSCalibur, Becton Dickinson, USA) using the analyzing program CellQuestTM version 3.3 (Becton Dickinson, USA). After 22 h incubation the culture medium was removed from the wells and the brain sections with cultured eGFP astrocytes were incubated with 1 x trypsin-EDTA (500 µl /well) for up to 15 min at 37° C. Partial detachment (at this point, the astrocytes should not lose the grip completely) of the astrocytes from the underlying brain section was monitored with a standard light microscope. After the incubation the brain sections with cultured astrocytes were carefully removed into small petri dishes filled with FBS-containing culture medium to inactivate the trypsin. Subsequently, the brain sections were immediately examined with fluorescence microscope (Olympus IX-71, Japan). The eGFP astrocytes were separated from the underlying brain section using a special suction hose, which was a modified version from suction hoses typically used for the microinjection techniques. In the other end of the tube there is a pipet tip as a mouthpiece, in the middle of the tube a 0.22 µm filter and in the other end a stretched glass capillary (prepared with a Bunsen burner). The green fluorescent eGFP astrocytes were picked up gently from the underlying brain section (without breaking the brain tissue) using wavelength 468 nm of the fluorescence microscope and simultaneous light microscopy. Data normalization and analysis: The raw data was preprocessed with the robust multichip algorithm (Irizarry et al. 2003), normalized per chip to the median. 12 samples were grouped into 4 sample types: adult_wt, adult_tg, neonatal_wt, neonatal_tg. The change in the astrocyte gene expression was identified according to the sections the astrocytes were incubated (WT or TG). The differentially expressed probe sets were further processed using statistical analysis with Welch unpaired t-test assuming unequal variances (p 2.0 or < 0.5). Benjamini-Hochberg false-discovery rate (FDR) correction for multiple testing was used to control the number of false-positives results.










Antti Kurronen
Antti Juhani Kurronen