Nuclear patch-clamp experiments can be performed with intact nuclei or with nuclei from which the outer nuclear membrane has been removed. This protocol presents procedures for harvesting different types of cultured cells, isolating nuclei, and exposing the inner nuclear membrane by agitating in the presence of sodium citrate. Particulars about obtaining and maintaining the cells of interest in culture are not described here. However, care should be taken not to allow the cells to grow beyond a density of 2–3 × 106 cells/mL because this may decrease both the cell viability and the success rate of detecting active inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R) channels in nuclear patches.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Cold Spring Harbor Protocols|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sept 2013|