In utero electroporation in mice

Chunlei Wang, Lin Mei

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In utero electroporation has been extensively used to study a variety of developmental questions in the developing brain. This protocol aims to provide the basic knowledge for a beginner to get familiar with the technique. Basically, by electroporating a DNA construct into a subpopulation of progenitor cells in the ventricular zone of embryonic brain, the progenitor cells carrying the DNA will undergo neurogenesis, migration, and final differentiation to become mature neurons positioned in distinct cortical layers according to their birth date. In addition, by controlling the direction of electroporation, a specific cortical area can be targeted. Thus, in utero electroporation allows gene modification in a specific cortical layer in a specific cortical area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeural Development
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781627034432
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Brain development
  • Gene modification
  • In utero electroporation
  • Mouse embryos
  • Plasmid DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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