Viral vectors for neuronal cell type-specific visualization and manipulations.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Characterizing neuronal cell types demands efficient strategies for specific labeling and manipulation of individual subtypes to dissect their connectivity and functions. Recombinant viral technology offers a powerful toolbox for targeted transgene expression in specific neuronal populations. In order to achieve cell type-specific targeting, exciting progress has been made to: alter viral tropisms, design rational delivery strategies, and drive selective expression patterns with engineered DNA sequences in viral genomes. For the latter case, emerging single-cell genomic analyses provide rich databases. In this review, we will summarize current status, and point out challenges, of using viral vectors for neuronal cell type-specific visualization and manipulations. With concerted efforts, progress will continue to be made toward developing viral vectors for the vast array of neuronal subtypes in the mammalian nervous system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liu, Y; Hegarty, S; Winter, C; Wang, F; He, Z

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 63 /

Start / End Page

  • 67 - 76

PubMed ID

  • 32344323

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7484153

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6882

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.conb.2020.03.011


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England