RRC ID 44159
Author Matsui R, Tanabe Y, Watanabe D.
Title Avian adeno-associated virus vector efficiently transduces neurons in the embryonic and post-embryonic chicken brain.
Journal PLoS One
Abstract The domestic chicken is an attractive model system to explore the development and function of brain circuits. Electroporation-mediated and retrovirus (including lentivirus) vector-mediated gene transfer techniques have been widely used to introduce genetic material into chicken cells. However, it is still challenging to efficiently transduce chicken postmitotic neurons without harming the cells. To overcome this problem, we searched for a virus vector suitable for gene transfer into chicken neurons, and report here a novel recombinant virus vector derived from avian adeno-associated virus (A3V). A3V vector efficiently transduces neuronal cells, but not non-neuronal cells in the brain. A single A3V injection into a postembryonic chick brain allows gene expression selectively in neuronal cells within 24 hrs. Such rapid and neuron-specific gene transduction raises the possibility that A3V vector can be utilized for studies of memory formation in filial imprinting, which occurs during the early postnatal days. A3V injection into the neural tube near the ear vesicle at early embryonic stage resulted in persistent and robust gene expression until E20.5 in the auditory brainstem. We further devised an A3V-mediated tetracycline (Tet) dependent gene expression system as a tool for studying the auditory circuit, consisting of the nucleus magnocellularis (NM) and nucleus laminaris (NL), that primarily computes interaural time differences (ITDs). Using this Tet system, we can transduce NM neurons without affecting NL neurons. Thus, the A3V technology complements current gene transfer techniques in chicken studies and will contribute to better understanding of the functional organization of neural circuits.
Volume 7(11)
Pages e48730
Published 2012
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0048730
PII PONE-D-12-18998
PMID 23144948
PMC PMC3492410
MeSH Animals Brain / embryology Brain / metabolism* Chick Embryo Chickens / genetics* Dependovirus / genetics* Gene Expression Profiling Genetic Vectors / genetics Neurons / metabolism* Transduction, Genetic / methods*
IF 2.776
Times Cited 8
WOS Category NEUROSCIENCES
Resource
Human and Animal Cells