Isolation of Extracellular Vesicles from Subventricular Zone Neural Stem Cells

  • Mary C. Morton
  • Victoria N. Neckles
  • David M. FelicianoEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2002)


The neonatal subventricular zone (SVZ) is a neurogenic niche that contains neural stem cells (NSCs). NSCs release particles called extracellular vesicles (EVs) that contain biological material. EVs are transferred to cells, including immune cells in the brain called microglia. A standard approach to identify EV functions is to isolate and transplant EVs. Here, a detailed protocol is provided that will allow one to culture neonatal SVZ NSCs and to isolate, label, and transplant EVs. The protocol will permit careful and thorough examination of EVs in a wide range of physiological and pathophysiological conditions.


Exosome Extracellular vesicles Microglia Microvesicle Neural stem cell Subventricular zone 



David M. Feliciano is supported by grants from the Whitehall Foundation and National Institutes of Health 1R15NS096562.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Morton
    • 1
  • Victoria N. Neckles
    • 1
  • David M. Feliciano
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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