This study aims to investigate the effect of γ-Secretase Inhibitor DAPT, (N-[N-(3,5-Difluorophenacetyl)-L-alanyl]-S-phenylglycine t-butyl ester), on the differentiation of neural precursor cells and the production of neurons in the neural precursor cell line GE6. GE6 was cultured in medium with 4 μmol/L DAPT added as the experimental group and the untreated medium separately as the control group. After 4 days of differentiation, we carried out the following experiments. We used immuno-fluorescent staining to observe the ratio of Tuj1, GFAP and O4 positive cells. We also used qRT-PCR to detect the effect of the DAPT on Tuj1 and GFAP mRNA transcription in the GE6. The results of immuno-fluorescent staining indicated that the Tuj1 ratio of experimental group was higher compared to that of the control group, but the GFAP and O4 ratio of experimental group was lower than that of the control group. The differences were statistically significant (P < 0.05). The result of qRT-PCR was in accordance with immunofluorescent staining results. It was well concluded that DAPT could promote the neurogenic differentiation of neural precursor cell line rather than leading to gliogenic differentiation. More neurons could be obtained for transplantation with the addition of DAPT.
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|Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi/Journal of Biomedical Engineering
|Published - Feb 1 2015
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering