Selective acquisition of individual cell types in the vestibular periphery for molecular biology studies

Ricardo Cristobal, P. Ashley Wackym, Joseph A. Cioffi, Christy B. Erbe, Paul Popper

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Abstract

To develop a method for characterizing the transcriptome of individual cell types in the inner ear sensory epithelia. We employed the technique of laser capture microdissection to obtain enriched populations of hair cells and supporting cells. The respective mRNAs were extracted, reverse transcribed, and amplified using PCR. We were able to isolate RNAs with good integrity from enriched cell populations obtained with laser capture microscopy and amplify specific mRNA targets. We can now investigate the molecular differences between the different cell types in the inner ear sensory epithelia as identified by morphological criteria. Analysis of gene expression profiles in the inner ear cell types has been hampered by the small size of this tissue and by the compact histoarchitecture of the sensory epithelia; however, the present technique offers new possibilities for the analysis of transcriptomes in the vestibular periphery using available high-throughput gene expression analysis methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-595
Number of pages6
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume131
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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