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Whole Mount Immunostaining on Mouse Sciatic Nerves to Visualize Events of Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

  • Xin-Peng DunEmail author
  • David B. Parkinson
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1739)


Injury to the peripheral nervous system triggers a series of well-defined events within both neurons and the Schwann cells to allow efficient axonal regeneration, remyelination, and functional repair. The study of these events has previously been done using sections of nerve material to analyze axonal regrowth, cell migration, and immune cell infiltration following injury. This approach, however, has the obvious disadvantage that it is not possible to follow, for instance, the path of regenerating axons in three dimensions within the nerve trunk or the nerve bridge. In order to provide a fuller picture of such events, we have developed a whole mount staining procedure to visualize blood vessel regeneration, Schwann cell migration, axonal regrowth, and remyelination in models of nerve injury.

Key words

Whole mount immunostaining Peripheral nerve injury Axon regeneration Schwann cell migration Blood vessel regeneration 



This work was supported by a Wellcome Trust grant (WT088228) and Medical Research Council grant (MR/J012785/1) to D.B.P. We are grateful to Prof. Wendy Macklin (University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, USA) for the gift of the PLP-EGFP transgenic mouse line.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and DentistryPlymouthUK

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