Brain slice biotinylation: an ex vivo approach to measure region-specific plasma membrane protein trafficking in adult neurons
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Program in Neuroscience; Department of Psychiatry
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Regulated endocytic trafficking is the central mechanism facilitating a variety of neuromodulatory events, by dynamically controlling receptor, ion channel, and transporter cell surface presentation on a minutes time scale. There is a broad diversity of mechanisms that control endocytic trafficking of individual proteins. Studies investigating the molecular underpinnings of trafficking have primarily relied upon surface biotinylation to quantitatively measure changes in membrane protein surface expression in response to exogenous stimuli and gene manipulation. However, this approach has been mainly limited to cultured cells, which may not faithfully reflect the physiologically relevant mechanisms at play in adult neurons. Moreover, cultured cell approaches may underestimate region-specific differences in trafficking mechanisms. Here, we describe an approach that extends cell surface biotinylation to the acute brain slice preparation. We demonstrate that this method provides a high-fidelity approach to measure rapid changes in membrane protein surface levels in adult neurons. This approach is likely to have broad utility in the field of neuronal endocytic trafficking.
DOI of Published Version
J Vis Exp. 2014 Apr 3;(86). doi: 10.3791/51240. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE
Gabriel, Luke R.; Wu, Sijia; and Melikian, Haley, "Brain slice biotinylation: an ex vivo approach to measure region-specific plasma membrane protein trafficking in adult neurons" (2014). GSBS Student Publications. 1905.