New Nature paper on QPatch and neuronal stem cells

Posted on April 26, 2017

The QPatch data was done during a 6 weeks stay at Sophion as a part of Denise Franz Pd.D project. Congrats on the publication Denise, hope to see you again soon.

Human induced pluripotent stem cells can be differentiated into dopaminergic neurons (Dopa.4U). Dopa.4U neurons expressed voltage-gated NaV and KVchannels and showed neuron-like spontaneous electrical activity. In automated patch clamp measurements with suspended Dopa.4U neurons, delayed rectifier K+ current (delayed KV) and rapidly inactivating A-type K+ current (fast KV) were identified. Examination of the fast KVcurrent with inhibitors yielded IC50 values of 0.4 mM (4-aminopyridine) and 0.1 mM (tetraethylammonium). In manual patch clamp measurements with adherent Dopa.4U neurons, fast KV current could not be detected, while the delayed KV current showed an IC50 of 2 mM for 4-aminopyridine. The NaV channels in adherent and suspended Dopa.4U neurons showed IC50 values for tetrodotoxin of 27 and 2.9 nM, respectively. GABA-induced currents that could be observed in adherent Dopa.4U neurons could not be detected in suspended cells. Application of current pulses induced action potentials in approx. 70 % of the cells. Our results proved the feasibility of automated electrophysiological characterization of neuronal cells.


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