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The protein family of mammalian neurotrophins, comprising nerve-growth factor (NGF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin-3 and -4/5 (NT-3, NT-4/5), supports the survival and the phenotype of neurons from the central as well as the peripheral nervous system (CNS, PNS). In addition, exogenous application of neurotrophins has recently been(More)
Transfection of primary neurons in culture has proven to be experimentally challenging in the past. To overcome these limitations, we present a detailed transfection protocol for hippocampal neurons based on DNA/Ca(2+)-phosphate coprecipitation. The main advantages being (1) the speed and convenience, (2) the remarkable efficiency of transfection for mature(More)
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