Laser Capture Microdissection–Liquid Vortex Capture Mass Spectrometry Metabolic Profiling of Single Onion Epidermis and Microalgae Cells

  • John F. CahillEmail author
  • Vilmos Kertesz
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2064)


Laser capture microdissection is a valuable technique in individually isolating single cells whether in tissue networks or deposited from a cell suspension. New developments have enabled coupling of laser capture microdissection with mass spectrometry via liquid vortex capture sampling probe. This enables online metabolic profiling of sectioned cells. Here, we describe the protocol used to deposit, isolate, and individually chemically characterize single Allium cepa and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells by laser capture microdissection–liquid vortex capture mass spectrometry.

Key words

Laser capture microdissection Mass spectrometry Single cell Onion epidermis cell Microalgae Liquid-vortex capture Metabolites 



This work and J. F. C. was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy. V. K. was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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