We have examined lipids as transfection agents to introduce recombinant plasmids into primary cultures of rat hippocampal neurons. By modifying the protocol for transfection mediated by the commercial reagent DOTAP, we were able to achieve a transfection efficiency of about 3%. Expression of various transfected gene products was sustained for several weeks in culture, the neurons developed normally and the transfected gene products were targeted to the appropriate subcellular compartment.
- Neuronal culture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience