Genetic approaches to access cell types in mammalian nervous systems

He, M., Huang, Z. J. (February 2018) Genetic approaches to access cell types in mammalian nervous systems. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 50. pp. 109-118. ISSN 0959-4388

DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.02.003


Understanding brain circuit organization and function requires systematic dissection of its cellular components. With vast cell number and diversity, mammalian nervous systems present a daunting challenge for achieving specific and comprehensive cell type access-prerequisite to circuit analysis. Genetic approaches in the mouse have relied on germline engineering to access marker-defined cell populations. Combinatorial strategies that engage marker intersection, anatomy and projection pattern (e.g. antero-grade and retro-grade viral vectors), and developmental lineage substantially increase the specificity of cell type targeting. While increasing number of mouse cell types are becoming experimentally accessible, comprehensive coverage requires larger coordinated efforts with strategic infrastructural and fiscal planning. CRISPR-based genome editing may enable cell type access in other species, but issues of time, cost and ethics remain, especially for primates. Novel approaches that bypass the germline, such as somatic cell engineering and cell surface-based gene delivery, may reduce the barrier of genetic access to mammalian cell types.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions
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Communities: CSHL labs > Huang lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 19 February 2018
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 16:02
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2024 20:22
PMCID: PMC5984678
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