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Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting-Radioligand Treated Tissue (FACS-RTT) to Determine the Cellular Origin of Radioactive Signal

Published inJournal of visualized experiments, no. 175, e62883
Publication date2021-09-10
First online date2021-09-10

Glial cells probably have a considerable implication in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Their alterations are perhaps associated with a pro-inflammatory state. The TgF344-AD rat strain has been designed to express human APP and human PS1ΔE9 genes, encoding for amyloid proteins Aβ-40 and Aβ-42 and displays amyloid pathology and cognitive deficits with aging. The TgF344-AD rat model is used in this study to evaluate the cellular origin of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO, a marker of glial cell activation) binding, and the 5HT2A-receptor (5HT2AR) serotonin receptor levels that are possibly disrupted in AD. The technique presented here is Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting to Radioligand Treated Tissue (FACS-RTT), a quantitative cell-type-specific technique complementary to in vivo PET or SPECT or ex vivo/in vitro autoradiography techniques. It quantifies the same radiolabeled tracer used prior for imaging, using a γ counter after cytometry cell sorting. This allows determining the cellular origin of the radiolabeled protein with high cellular specificity and sensitivity. For example, studies with FACS-RTT showed that (i) the increase in TSPO binding was associated with microglia in a rat model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation, (ii) an increase in TSPO binding at 12- and 18-months was associated with astrocytes first, and then microglia in the TgF344-AD rats compared to wild type (WT) rats, and (iii) the striatal density of 5HT2AR decreases in astrocytes at 18 months in the same rat AD model. Interestingly, this technique can be extended to virtually all radiotracers.

  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Animals
  • Astrocytes
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Microglia
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Rats
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AMOSSE, Quentin et al. Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting-Radioligand Treated Tissue (FACS-RTT) to Determine the Cellular Origin of Radioactive Signal. In: Journal of visualized experiments, 2021, n° 175, p. e62883. doi: 10.3791/62883
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