Protocol for isolating and processing mouse sciatic nerve fibers for confocal immunohistochemistry

Lacey B. Sell, Qian Shi, Manzoor A. Bhat

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Many motor and neurodegenerative diseases affect the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The myelinated axons in the sciatic nerves offer valuable insights into the pathology of these diseases. Here, we present a protocol for isolating and processing mouse sciatic nerves for confocal immunohistochemistry. We describe steps for mouse perfusion, removing and fixing the sciatic nerve, transferring nerves onto slides, staining, and imaging. This protocol can assist in characterizing pathologies of myelinated fibers resulting from diseases affecting the PNS. For complete details on the use and execution of this protocol, please refer to Chang et al. (2023).1

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102852
JournalSTAR Protocols
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 15 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell Biology
  • Microscopy
  • Neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience


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