Isolation and cultivation of mouse neurons and neuronal precursor cells

Discover our modular neuronal cell workflows delivering pure, viable cell lines ready for subsequent isolation, cultivation and analysis. Whether your attention is towards brain tissue dissociation, where our kits are designed to maintain the delicate nature of synapses, axons and dendrites while noticeably reducing cell debris, to primary neuron isolation from a neonatal and adult mouse brain providing a high purity of untouched isolated cells with our magnetic labelling technology. The ability for our solutions to provide viable cell isolation with additional primary neuronal cell cultivation solutions in a serum-free and feeder layer-free system, provides main opportunities for you to find the perfect fit.

Adult brain dissociation and neural cell isolation

Join Hui Zhang, PhD, and her webinar on the latest options and integrated solutions for neuroscience research, and the use of MACS Technology for adult brain dissociation and neural cell isolation.


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Purity and viability of cells before and after sample clearing

Highly viable and pure adult neural cells

Cleared cell suspensions obtained with the Adult Brain Dissociation Kit, mouse and rat contain noticeable less cell debris and erythrocytes. The viable and pure cells are ready for subsequent cell isolation, cultivation, and analysis.


Purity of cell suspensions obtained from murine (P4) whole brain tissue

Highly viable and pure postnatal neural cells

Whole brain tissue from P4 mice dissociated with the Neural Tissue Dissociation Kit (P) results in a high yield of viable cells.

Analysis of single-cell suspensions from neonatal and adult brain tissue before and after neuron isolation

Rapid isolation of untouched neurons from neonatal and adult mouse brain 

Untouched neonatal and adult neurons can be purified by magnetically labeling and depleting undesired cells with the Neuron Isolation Kit, mouse. The isolation procedure is simple and fast. It takes only one hour to acquire highly purified and viable neurons from a single cell suspension.

The high purity of the isolated neurons relies on the specificity of the non-neuronal cell surface marker used in the Neuron Isolation Kit, mouse.

Scientific poster
Efficient isolation of viable primary neural cells from adult murine brain tissue based on a novel automated tissue dissociation protocol

Hui Zhang1, Sandy Reiß1, Stefan Tomiuk1, Silvia Rüberg1, Richard Fekete2, Melanie Jungblut1, and Andreas Bosio1

1Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany; 2Fluidigm Corporation, South San Francisco, CA, USA

Scientific poster
A novel method for rapid isolation of “untouched” neurons by immunomagnetic depletion of non-neuronal cells 

Melanie Jungblut, Ina Herzig, and Andreas Bosio

Staining of cultured primary adult mouse neurons

Improved growth and survival 

Cultivation of primary adult mouse neurons can be a challenging task. MACS® NeuroBrew®-21 supplement has been designed for optimal growth and long term viability of neural cells of the central and peripheral nervous system. Experience the growth of nearly pure populations of neural cells in culture without the need of an astrocyte feeder layer. 


Neural cell–specific monoclonal antibodies allow a fast and easy way to perform immunofluorescent staining for subsequent microscopy analysis. Benefit from short primary antibody incubation and the possibility to stain PFA-fixed neural tissue cryosections and adherent or fixed neural cells in vitro.

CD171 staining of adult mouse neuronal cells

Neuronal cell staining targeting CD171

Immunofluorescence staining of the neuronal cell marker CD171, also known as L1CAM (L1 cell adhesion molecule).

Anti-PSA-NCAM staining of mouse neuronal cells

Anti-PSA-NCAM staining of neuronal cells

Microscopy analysis of cultured neuronal precursor cells and cryosections of adult mouse brain after anti-PSA-NCAM staining.

Get acquainted with our protocols for your workflows in neuroscience research.


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