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Ann Pathol. 2003 Dec;23(6):623-32.

[Small but high throughput: how "tissue-microarrays" became a favorite tool for pathologists and scientists].

[Article in French]

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D├ępartement d'Oncologie Mol├ęculaire, Institut Paoli-Calmettes, 232 Bd de Sainte Marguerite, 13273 Marseille Cedex 9, France.


Progress in the knowledge of molecular genetics and availability of high-throughput technologies offer the opportunity to identify new diagnostic and prognostic markers and new therapeutic targets in human cancer. The recently developed "tIssue microarrays" (TMA) technology allows parallel molecular profiling of clinical samples. Using this technique and immunohistochemistry (IHC), fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), or RNA in situ hybridisation (ISH), the pathologist is now able to perform unprecedented large-scale analyses. The advantages are significant: large number of cases assessed simultaneously for numerous markers, processed in identical conditions, from reduced amount of archival tIssues, with an excellent correlation with standard methods, and a reduction in cost and time. This Article provides a short review of this technology, and points out several aspects of the TMA construction and its applications for clinical research.

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