Region-Specific In Situ Hybridization-Guided Laser-Capture Microdissection on Postmortem Human Brain Tissue Coupled with Gene Expression Quantification

  • René BernardEmail author
  • Sharon Burke
  • Ilan A. Kerman
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 755)


This chapter describes the procedure of in situ hybridization-guided laser-capture microdissection performed on postmortem human brain tissue. This procedure permits the precise collection of brain tissue within anatomically defined brain nuclei that is enriched with mRNA. The chapter emphasizes the specific handling of postmortem tissue and preservation of RNA integrity to ensure high-quality gene profiling. Downstream procedures including mRNA amplification, gene profiling using high-density microarray chips, and confirmation with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) are described. PCR primer design and cDNA quantification required for qPCR are delineated.

Key words

In situ hybridization Postmortem Microdissection Laser capture Gene expression PCR Microarray Brain Nucleus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centrum für Anatomie, Institut für Integrative NeuroanatomieCharité Campus Mitte – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience InstituteAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurobiologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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