Nov 26, 2013

Laser capture microdissection after γ-glutamyl transferase histochemistry: an optimization for gene expression analysis

Analytical Biochemistry
Julia Esperanza Torres MenaJulio Isael Pérez Carreón


γ-Glutamyl transferase (GGT) is useful as a marker in pathological conditions, including several types of cancer. We optimized the histochemical detection of GGT to assay the gene expression profiles of phenotype-specific cells selected by laser capture microdissection (LCM). For optimization, we used the livers of rats subjected to hepatocarcinogenesis. This model induced nodules of hepatocytes and tumors with GGT activity. To obtain sufficient high-quality RNA after histochemistry and LCM, we included an RNase inhibitor and air-dried the tissue sections. This optimization allowed the visualization of GGT activity in situ and a yield of 1.4 to 2.0 μg of total RNA from 15 to 18 mm² of microdissected tissue (20 µm thickness). The average RNA integrity number in GGT-positive tissue, determined by chip-capillary electrophoresis, was 6.9, and the 28S/18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) ratio was 1.4. The RNAs were processed for the Rat Gene 1.0 ST Array (Affymetrix). Comparable quality control metrics, such as signal intensity and RNA degradation plots, were found between the LCM samples and non-LCM tissue. The increased expression of Ggt1 expected in GGT-positive tissue was confirmed by microarrays and quantitative reverse transcriptase poly...Continue Reading

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Pathologic Cytolysis
Prostatic Neoplasms
Microarray Analysis
RNA Degradation
Plaque, Atherosclerotic
Glutamyl transferase

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