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Optimization of a Rat DRG Neurite Outgrowth Assay for Peripheral Neuropathy Prediction

Peripheral neuropathy can be induced by many chemotherapeutics. Symptoms include numbness, tingling or abnormal sensations which can impact on the long-term quality of a patient’s life. Animal models used to evaluate these side effects may be difficult to interpret and are labor-intensive. In this study, we further optimized a previously developed DRG assay by comparing the neurite outgrowth responses of a group of chemotherapeutics from different classes at 24 h and 72 as an in vitro cell-based model for peripheral neuropathy. Cytotoxicity was assessed alongside neurite outgrowth. Taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel), microtubule interfering agents (vincristine, vinblastine, colchicine, nocodazole) and epothilones (ixabepilone) were assessed.