Clarifying mid-brain organoids: Application of the CLARITY protocol to unperfusable samples
The aim of this study was to apply a workflow, integrating delipidation methods and advanced 3D imaging techniques for mapping of the global neuronal organization of brain organoids. These are self-organizing constructs in vitro generated from human pluripotent stem cells encased in a Matrigel shell, which resemble downscaled structural and functional features of human brains. In particular, we focused on midbrain organoids, widely considered a promising tool for studying dopaminergic neuron degeneration in Parkinson’s Disease. The evaluation of the microanatomical alterations at a patient-level will potentially guide future research of this neuropathy, providing meaningful human specific data in line with the European Directives and the 3Rs principles.
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