Laser Capture Microdissection Technology

Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2007 Sep;7(5):647-57. doi: 10.1586/14737159.7.5.647.


Deciphering the cellular and molecular interactions that drive disease within the tissue microenvironment holds promise for discovering drug targets of the future. In order to recapitulate the in vivo interactions through molecular analysis, one must be able to analyze specific cell populations within the context of their heterogeneous tissue microecology. Laser capture microdissection is a method to procure subpopulations of tissue cells under direct microscopic visualization. Laser capture microdissection technology can harvest the cells of interest directly or can isolate specific cells by cutting away unwanted cells to give histologically pure enriched cell populations. A variety of downstream applications exist: DNA genotyping and loss-of-heterozygosity analysis, RNA transcript profiling, cDNA library generation, mass spectrometry proteomics discovery and signal pathway profiling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genome
  • Humans
  • Lasers*
  • Microdissection / instrumentation*
  • Microdissection / methods
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Proteome
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / isolation & purification
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / isolation & purification


  • Proteins
  • Proteome
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA