Optogenetics for neural transplant manipulation and functional analysis

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Transplantation of neural stem cells (NSCs) or NSC-derived neurons into the brain is a promising therapeutic approach to restore neuronal function. Rapid progress in the NSCs research field, particularly due to the exploitation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), offers great potential and an unlimited source of stem cell-derived neural grafts. Studying the functional integration of these grafts into host brain tissues and their effects on each other have been boosted by the implementation of optogenetic technologies. Optogenetics provides high spatiotemporal functional manipulations of grafted or host neurons in parallel. This review aims to highlight the impact of optogenetics in neural stem cell transplantations.




Habibey, R., Sharma, K., Swiersy, A., & Busskamp, V. (2020). Optogenetics for neural transplant manipulation and functional analysis. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.01.141

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