Neuropeptides pp 357-376 | Cite as

Recombinant Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors

  • Marijke W. A. de Backer
  • Keith M. Garner
  • Mieneke C. M. Luijendijk
  • Roger A. H. AdanEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 789)


Recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors can be used to locally or systemically enhance or silence gene expression. They are relatively nonimmunogenic and can transduce dividing and nondividing cells, and different rAAV serotypes may transduce diverse cell types. Therefore, rAAV vectors are excellent tools to study the function of neuropeptides in local brain areas. In this chapter, we describe a protocol to produce high-titer, in vivo grade, rAAV vector stocks. The protocol includes an Iodixanol gradient, an anion exchange column and a desalting/concentration step and can be used for every serotype. In addition, a short protocol for rAAV injections into the brain and directions on how to detect and localize transduced cells are given.

Key words

Recombinant adeno-associated virus rAAV Vector production Vector purification Serotype Central nervous system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marijke W. A. de Backer
    • 1
  • Keith M. Garner
    • 1
  • Mieneke C. M. Luijendijk
    • 1
  • Roger A. H. Adan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Rudolf Magnus Institute of NeuroscienceUtrecht University Medical Centre UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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