Thick-section fluorescence in situ hybridization on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded archival tissue provides a histogenetic profile

Curtis T. Thompson, Philip E. LeBoit, Petra M. Nederlof, Joe W. Gray

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Fluorescence in situ hybridization has become a major tool for analysis of gene and chromosome copy number in normal and malignant tissue. The technique has been applied widely to fresh tissue and dispersed formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded archival tissue, but its use on sections of archival tissue has largely been limited to sections <6 μ thick. This does not provide intact, uncut nuclei for accurate analysis of gene or chromosome copy number. We report here a method of hybridization to sections >20 μ thick that overcomes these difficulties. Key developments were the use of DNA probes directly labeled with fluorochromes and optical sectioning using laser- scanning confocal microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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