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Advanced Neural Cell Culture

Advanced cell culture techniques including 3D spheroids, micropatterned co-culture, bioengineered and flow-based systems, and bioprinting offer the potential to better mimic in vivo tissue structure and function.

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Advanced Neural Cell Culture

Discovery, Regenerative Medicine, Toxicity

Advanced cell culture techniques including 3D spheroids, micropatterned co-culture, bioengineered and flow-based systems, and bioprinting offer the potential to better mimic in vivo tissue structure and function. CDI’s neurons are amenable to these culture techniques as pure cell populations or in co-culture with other cell types, such as CDI’s astrocytes.

  1. Carlson C, Wang J, et al. (2014) Characterization of an Isogenic Disease Model of Alzheimer’s Disease from Human iPSC-derived Neurons. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience.
  2. DeLaura S, Fluri DA, et al. (2014) Human Neural Microtissues Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Toxicity Testing. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience.

Genetic Manipulation of Neurons

The ability to interrogate and monitor gene expression is critical to understanding biological pathways that underlie normal and pathogenic cellular function.

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Genetic Manipulation of Neurons

Discovery, Regenerative Medicine, Toxicity

The ability to interrogate and monitor gene expression is critical to understanding biological pathways that underlie normal and pathogenic cellular function. CDI’s neurons and dopaneurons are amenable to various genetic manipulation techniques including:

  • Transfection
  • Transduction
  • siRNA
  • Reporter vector expression

High-throughput Screening

Drug failure in the clinic is most often attributed to either unforeseen toxicity or a lack of demonstrated efficacy.

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High-throughput Screening

Discovery

Drug failure in the clinic is most often attributed to either unforeseen toxicity or a lack of demonstrated efficacy. Thus, predictive in vitro models that more accurately reflect in vivo disease states can inform the preclinical processes of drug discovery and development ensuring higher success rate in the eventual clinical setting. CDI’s iCell and MyCell products offer a wide range of innate, engineered, and induced disease models for screening, hit-to-lead, and lead optimization efforts. The cells are amenable to gene modulation and culture in high-density multiwell plates. iCell and MyCell products have been used in high-throughput screens across various disease areas including infectious disease, neurological disorders, diabetes, and cardiomyopathies.

Monitoring Neurotoxicity

Measurements of cell health are a fundamental component of any disease research and drug development effort.

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Monitoring Neurotoxicity

Discovery, Toxicity

Measurements of cell health are a fundamental component of any disease research and drug development effort. Cell health endpoints represent various biological processes including cell morphology, viability, cytotoxicity, apoptosis, and mitochondrial integrity. In drug development, researchers interrogate these endpoints as part of discovery screening efforts and toxicity studies. CDI’s neurons, dopaneurons, and astrocytes have been utilized to measure various neural cell health endpoints using platforms including:

Measuring Neuronal Synaptic Activity

The measurement of neuronal synaptic activity can be accomplished through various signaling pathways.

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Measuring Neuronal Synaptic Activity

Discovery, Toxicity

The measurement of neuronal synaptic activity can be accomplished through various signaling pathways. These pathways can be measured in CDI’s neurons and dopaneurons using platforms including:

Measuring Neuronal Electrophysiology

The communication between neurons and between neurons and other cell types is accomplished through electrical signals.

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Measuring Neuronal Electrophysiology

Discovery, Regenerative Medicine, Toxicity

The communication between neurons and between neurons and other cell types is accomplished through electrical signals. CDI’s neurons exhibit biologically relevant electrical functions typical of primary human cortical neurons including evoked and spontaneous action potentials, inhibitory and excitatory post-synaptic currents, and ion channel pharmacology. These responses can be measured using platforms including:

Modeling Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease is the result of a progressing degeneration of dopamine-producing brain cells, specifically midbrain dopaminergic neurons, that results in a loss of motor function and in dementia.

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Modeling Parkinson’s Disease

Discovery, Disease Modeling

Parkinson’s disease is the result of a progressing degeneration of dopamine-producing brain cells, specifically midbrain dopaminergic neurons, that result in a loss of motor function and in dementia. CDI’s neurons and dopaneurons are being used to elucidate the mechanisms that underlie the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease including mitochondrial dysfunction, synapse degeneration, ubiquitin-proteasome degradation, oxidative stress, and others.