PrismPlus: A mouse line expressing distinct fluorophores in four different brain cell types

Janak Gaire, Heui Chang Lee, Ray Ward, Seth Currlin, Andrew J. Woolley, Jason E. Coleman, Justin C. Williams, Kevin J. Otto

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To screen the complex central nervous system (CNS) injury responses, we created a quadruple-labelled 'PrismPlus' mouse line with a genetically encoded distinct fluorescent tag in oligodendrocytes, microglia, neurons, and astrocytes. Cx3cr1-gfp and Prism mice originally developed by Jung et al., 2000 and Dougherty et al., 2012, respectively, were cross-bred. First, we confirmed the presence of fluorophores in appropriate cell types in PrismPlus mice. PrismPlus mice were then used to examine the cellular responses to brain implanted micro-devices. We observed an increase in microglial response at earlier time points as compared to 4 weeks, a progressive astrocytic response, and fewer neurons at the vicinity of an implanted device. These results are similar to what has been described in literature using other rodent strains, previously attainable only through time-consuming and variable immunohistochemistry methods. Finally, we demonstrate the compatibility of PrismPlus brain tissue with CLARITY, an advanced tissue clearing technique, opening the door to future thick tissue imaging studies. This report confirms PrismPlus transgenic fluorescence and highlights the utility of these mice to study CNS injuries. The work herein seeks to establish a novel transgenic mouse line to improve experimental scope, consistency, and efficiency for CNS researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7182
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


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