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J Vis Exp. 2010 Dec 1;(46). pii: 2082. doi: 10.3791/2082.

Targeting of deep brain structures with microinjections for delivery of drugs, viral vectors, or cell transplants.

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Neuroscience Lab/ Fac. Psicologia, University of Colima, USA. osglez@gmail.com

Abstract

Microinjections into the brain parenchyma are important procedures to deliver drugs, viral vectors or cell transplants. The brain lesion that an injecting needle produces during its trajectory is a major concern especially in the mouse brain for not only the brain is small but also sometimes multiple injections are needed. We show here a method to produce glass capillary needles with a 50-μm lumen which significantly reduces the brain damage and allows a precise targeting into the rodent brain. This method allows a delivery of small volumes (from 20 to 100 nl), reduces bleeding risks, and minimizes passive diffusion of drugs into the brain parenchyma. By using different size of capillary glass tubes, or changing the needle lumen, several types of substances and cells can be injected. Microinjections with a glass capillary tube represent a significant improvement in injection techniques and deep brain targeting with minimal collateral damage in small rodents.

PMID:
21178958
PMCID:
PMC3159672
DOI:
10.3791/2082
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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