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Biotechniques. 2012 Sep;53(3):175-80. doi: 10.2144/0000113912.

ISH-guided freeze-matrix assisted punches: technique for extracting punches from thin slide-mounted tissues for DNA methylation analysis.

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Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Merk@RiNA-GmbH.eu

Abstract

Dissection of discrete brain regions for molecular analysis is complicated by trade-offs between accuracy, flexibility, and costs. We developed a flexible and cost-effective method, in situ hybridization (ISH) guided freeze-matrix assisted punches (IFAP), for extracting nanogram quantities of DNA from slide-mounted sections as thin as 12 μm. Using ISH to localize regions of interest, tissue is targeted by applying a small bead of M-1 embedding matrix onto cryosections, snap-freezing, and collecting the beads for nucleic acid purification. The method quantitatively recovers RNA and DNA usable for PCR and DNA methylation analysis.

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22963479
DOI:
10.2144/0000113912
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