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Div-Seq: A single nucleus RNA-Seq method reveals dynamics of rare adult newborn neurons in the CNS

By Naomi Habib, Yinqing Li, Matthias Heidenreich, Lukasz Swiech, John J Trombetta, Feng Zhang, Aviv Regev

Posted 27 Mar 2016
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/045989

Transcriptomes of individual neurons provide rich information about cell types and dynamic states. However, it is difficult to capture rare dynamic processes, such as adult neurogenesis, because isolation from dense adult tissue is challenging, and markers for each phase are limited. Here, we developed Div-Seq, which combines Nuc-Seq, a scalable single nucleus RNA-Seq method, with EdU-mediated labeling of proliferating cells. We first show that Nuc-Seq can sensitively identify closely related cell types within the adult hippocampus. We apply Div-Seq to track transcriptional dynamics of newborn neurons in an adult neurogenic region in the hippocampus. Finally, we find rare adult newborn GABAergic neurons in the spinal cord, a non-canonical neurogenic region. Taken together, Nuc-Seq and Div-Seq open the way for unbiased analysis of any complex tissue.

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