Overview of Neural Gene Expression

Rachael L. Neve1, Kim A. Neve2

1 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, 2 Oregon Health Sciences University and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Neuroscience
Unit Number:  Unit 4.5
DOI:  10.1002/0471142301.ns0405s00
Online Posting Date:  May, 2001
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This overview describes issues that must be considered before attempting to express neural cDNAs in mammalian cells, including the choice of expression vector and cell type. Considerations for introducing recombinant vectors into cells are discussed along with a comparison of achieving stable or transient expression. Finally, the appropriate promoter is crucial and must be chosen to fit the design of the expression system.

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Table of Contents

  • Choice of Expression Vector
  • Choice of Cell Type
  • Introducing Recombinant Vectors into Cells
  • Transient or Stable Gene Expression
  • Choice of Promoter
  • Literature Cited
  • Tables
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Literature Cited

Literature Cited
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