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A Rat Embryo Staging Scale for the Generation of Donor Tissue for Neural Transplantation

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In rat models of Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, embryonic neural cells obtained from embryos of specified ages can be implanted into the brain to partially restore both physiology and function. However, in litters produced using overnight mating protocols (often from commercial suppliers), the embryonic age can be difficult to determine precisely. As a result, embryonic size based on crown to rump length (CRL) is usually a more reliable method of embryo staging than the day of mating. This approach is not without difficulty. There are a number of rat staging scales in the literature, none of which deal with donor ages younger than E13, and there are discrepancies between scales at some donor ages. In the present article, we have devised a short mating-period protocol to produce precisely aged embryos. We show that CRL is a highly accurate, reproducible index of donor age and we present an updated embryonic staging scale for Sprague-Dawley (CD) rats that includes donor ages younger than those previously reported.

Keywords: Donor age; Dopamine graft; Embryo staging

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-05-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.
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