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Plant Physiol. May 2003; 132(1): 27–35.
PMCID: PMC1540312

Laser Capture Microdissection of Cells from Plant Tissues



Laser capture microdissection (LCM) is a technique by which individual cells can be harvested from tissue sections while they are viewed under the microscope, by tacking selected cells to an adhesive film with a laser beam. Harvested cells can provide DNA, RNA, and protein for the profiling of genomic characteristics, gene expression, and protein spectra from individual cell types. We have optimized LCM for a variety of plant tissues and species, permitting the harvesting of cells from paraffin sections that maintain histological detail. We show that RNA can be extracted from LCM-harvested plant cells in amount and quality that are sufficient for the comparison of RNAs among individual cell types. The linear amplification of LCM-captured RNA should permit the expression profiling of plant cell types.

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