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Recombinant adeno-associated virus mediated gene delivery in the extracranial nervous system of adult mice by direct nerve immersion

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This protocol outlines a minimally invasive and quickly performed approach for transgene delivery in the extracranial nervous system of adult mice using recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV). The technique, named Sciatic Nerve Direct Immersion (SciNDi), relies on the direct bilateral immersion of the exposed sciatic nerve with AAV. We show that in comparison with intramuscular AAV delivery, SciNDi results in widespread transduction in connected neuroanatomical tracts both in the sciatic nerve trunk and the lumbar spinal cord. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Jan et al. (2019) and Richner et al. (2011, 2017).

Original languageEnglish
Article number101181
JournalSTAR Protocols
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

    Research areas

  • Gene Expression, Microscopy, Model Organisms, Neuroscience

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