Laser Capture Microdissection as a Tool to Study Tumor Stroma

  • Nicholas R. Bertos
  • Morag ParkEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1458)


Laser capture microdissection (or LCM) allows for isolation of cells from specific tissue compartments, which can then be followed by DNA, RNA, and/or protein isolation and downstream characterization. Unlike other methods for cell isolation, LCM can be directed towards cells situated in specific anatomical contexts, and is therefore of significant value when investigating the tumor microenvironment, where localization is often key to function. Here, we present a summary of ways in which LCM can be utilized, as well as protocols for the isolation of tumor and tumor-associated stromal elements from frozen breast cancer samples, with a focus on preparation of samples for RNA characterization.

Key words

Laser capture microdissection RNA profiling Quality control Arcturus PixCell IIe Cell isolation 



This work was supported by funding from the Database and Tissue Bank Axis of the “Réseau de Recherche sur le Cancer” of the “Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Santé” and the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation to M.P.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research CentreMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of Experimental MedicineMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  4. 4.Department of OncologyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  5. 5.Department of PathologyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada

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