Methods Mol Biol 2021 ;2245:105-119
Section on Growth and Development, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.
The ability to identify, isolate, and study pure populations of cells is critical for understanding normal physiology in organs and tissues, which involves spatial regulation of signaling pathways and interactions between cells with different functions, expression profiles, and lineages. Here, we focus on assessing the growth plate cartilage, composed of multiple functionally and histologically distinct zones, to investigate temporally and spatially dependent gene expression differences. In this chapter, we describe the method of laser capture microdissection to isolate chondrocytes from different zones of differentiation in the mouse growth plate cartilage for RNA isolation, and subsequent downstream applications, such as RNA-sequencing and quantitative real-time PCR. Read More