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Dissociation of microdissected mouse brain tissue for artifact free single-cell RNA sequencing.

STAR Protoc. 2021 Jun 10;2(2):100590. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2021.100590. PMID: 34159323; PMCID: PMC8196224.

Authors/Editors: Liu L, Besson-Girard S, Ji H, Gehring K, Bulut B, Kaya T, Usifo F, Simons M, Gokce O.
Publication Date: 2021


Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) provides the transcriptome of individual cells and addresses previously intractable problems including the central nervous system’s transcriptional responses during health and disease. However, dissociating brain cells is challenging and induces artificial transcriptional responses. Here, we describe an enzymatic dissociation method for mouse brain that prevents dissociation artifacts and lowers technical variations with standardized steps. We tested this protocol on microdissected brain tissue of 3-week- to 24-month-old mice and obtained high-quality scRNA-seq results.

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