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Biphasic monopolar electrical stimulation induces rapid and directed galvanotaxis in adult subependymal neural precursors

Overview of attention for article published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy, April 2015
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Biphasic monopolar electrical stimulation induces rapid and directed galvanotaxis in adult subependymal neural precursors
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Stem Cell Research & Therapy, April 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13287-015-0049-6
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Robart Babona-Pilipos, Alex Pritchard-Oh, Milos R Popovic, Cindi M Morshead


Following injury such as stroke, adult mammalian subependymal neural precursor cells (NPCs) are induced to proliferate and migrate toward the lesion site where they differentiate into neural cells, albeit with limited efficacy. We are interested in enhancing this migratory ability of NPCs with the long-term goal of promoting neural repair. Herein we build on our previous studies demonstrating that direct current electric fields (DCEFs) promote rapid and cathode-directed migration of undifferentiated adult NPCs (but not differentiated phenotypes) - a phenomenon known as galvanotaxis. While galvanotaxis represents a promising strategy to promote NPC recruitment to lesion sites, stimulation of neural tissue with DCEFs is not a clinically-viable strategy due to the associated accumulation of charge and toxic byproducts. Balanced biphasic waveforms prevent the accumulation of charge and thus are outside of the limitations of DCEFs. In this study, we investigated the effects of balanced biphasic electrical stimulation on the migratory behaviour of undifferentiated subependymal NPCs and their differentiated progeny. NPCs were isolated from the subependymal zone of adult mouse brains and cultured in a NPC colony-forming assay to form neurospheres. Neurospheres were plated onto galvanotaxis chambers in conditions that either promoted maintenance in an undifferentiated state or promoted differentiation into mature phenotypes. Chambers containing cells were then time-lapse imaged in the presence of either biphasic monopolar, or biphasic bipolar electrical stimulation, or in the complete absence of electrical stimulation. Single cell migration was subsequently tracked and the cells' magnitude of velocity, directedness and tortuosity were quantified. We demonstrate, for the first time, the use of balanced biphasic electric fields to induce galvanotaxis of NPCs. Undifferentiated adult mouse subependymal NPCs exposed to biphasic monopolar stimulation undergo rapid and directed migration toward the cathode. In contrast, both biphasic bipolar stimulation and the lack of electrical stimulation produced non-directed migration of NPCs. Notably, NPCs induced to differentiate into mature phenotypes prior to exposure to electrical stimulation do not migrate in the presence or absence of biphasic stimulation. We purport that balanced biphasic stimulation represents a clinically-viable technique for mobilizing NPCs that may be integrated into strategies for promoting endogenous neurorepair.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Switzerland 1 1%
Unknown 84 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 19 22%
Researcher 13 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 12%
Student > Master 8 9%
Other 5 6%
Other 15 18%
Unknown 15 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 17 20%
Neuroscience 13 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 6%
Other 7 8%
Unknown 21 25%

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