UNIT 3.13 Isolation and Generation of Oligodendrocytes by Immunopanning

  1. Margot Mayer-Pröschel

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0313s00

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Mayer-Pröschel, M. 2001. Isolation and Generation of Oligodendrocytes by Immunopanning. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 3:3.13:3.13.1–3.13.11.

Author Information

  1. Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: SEP 1997


This unit presents a procedure for the purification of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, their expansion in vitro, and differentiation of these cells to yield oligodendrocyte cultures. A variation is also presented, detailing the direct isolation of differentiated oligodendrocytes from postnatal brain. The purification of the target cell population is achieved by exploiting the differential binding of cells to tissue culture dishes coated with an antibody directed against a specific cell-surface antigen. Cells expressing this surface antigen are retained on the dish and are thereby separated from the remaining cell population.