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Adaptation of NS cells growth and differentiation to high-throughput screening-compatible plates

Alessia Garavaglia1, Alessia Moiana2, Stefano Camnasio1, Daniele Bolognini1, Roberto Papait1, Dorotea Rigamonti1* and Elena Cattaneo2*

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1 Dialectica S.r.l., c/o Nerviano Medical Sciences, V.le Pasteur 10, 20014 Nerviano MI, Italy

2 Centre for Stem Cell Research & Department of Pharmacological Sciences University of Milano, Via Balzaretti 9, 20133 Milano, Italy

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BMC Neuroscience 2010, 11:7  doi:10.1186/1471-2202-11-7

Published: 19 January 2010



There is an urgent need of neuronal cell models to be applied to high-throughput screening settings while recapitulating physiological and/or pathological events occurring in the Central Nervous System (CNS). Stem cells offer a great opportunity in this direction since their self renewal capacity allows for large scale expansion. Protocols for directed differentiation also promise to generate populations of biochemically homogenous neuronal progenies. NS (Neural Stem) cells are a novel population of stem cells that undergo symmetric cell division in monolayer and chemically defined media, while remaining highly neurogenic.


We report the full adaptation of the NS cell systems for their growth and neuronal differentiation to 96- and 384-well microplates. This optimized system has also been exploited in homogeneous and high-content assays.


Our results show that these mouse NS cells may be suitable for a series of applications in high-throughput format.