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Neural markers guide

​​Neurons and glia express unique sets of transcription factors, enzymes, cytoskeletal proteins and receptors. Ensure you are choosing the best neural subtype markers with our easy-to-use guides.

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Summary of neural markers

Cell typeMarkers
Neuroepithelial cells
Nestin, SOX2, notch1, HES1, HES3, E-cadherin, occludin.
Radial glia
Vimentin, nestin, PAX6, HES1, HES5, GFAP, GLAST, BLBP, TN-C, N-cadherin, SOX2.
Intermediate progenitors
TBR2, MASH1/Ascl1.
Immature neurons
Doublecortin, beta III tubulin, NeuroD1, TBR1, stathmin 1.
Oligodendroycte precursor cells
PDGF receptor alpha, NG2
Mature oligodendrocytes
Olig 1, olig 2, olig 3, MBP, OSP, MOG, SOX10.
Schwann cells
MPZ, NCAM, GAP43, S100
GFAP, EAAT1/GLAST, EAAT2/GLT-1, glutamine synthetase, S100-beta, ALDH1L1.
CD11b, CD45, Iba1, F4/80, CD68, CD40
Mature neurons
NeuN, MAP2, 160 kDa neurofilament medium, 200kDa neurofilament heavy, synaptophysin, PSD95.
Glutamatergic neurons
vGluT1, vGl,uT2, NMDAR1, NMDAR2B, glutaminase, glutamine synthetase
GABAergic neurons
GABA transporter 1, GABAB receptor 1, GABAB receptor 2, GAD65, GAD67.
Dopaminergic neurons
Tyrosine hydroxylase, dopamine transporter, FOXA2, GIRK2, Nurr1, LMX1B
Serotonergic neurons
Tryptophan hydroxylase, serotonin transporter, Pet1.
Cholinergic neurons
Choline acetyltransferase, vesicular acetylcholine transporter, acetylcholinesterase
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