DNA quantification in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia thick tissue sections by confocal laser scanning microscopy

Keith A. Crist, Kitai Kim, Peter J. Goldblatt, Charles W. Boone, Gary J. Kelloff, Ming You

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Image analysis of tissue biopsies for determination of DNA content as an early marker of neoplasia is hampered by the complexity of corrections necessary to deal with nuclear truncation and overlap in thin sections. The use of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) for measurement of cellular DNA content on whole cells within thick tissue sections offers the advantage of preservation of cellular architecture, capacity for 3-dimensional analysis, and absence of sectioning artifacts. We have applied this technique to pararosaniline-Feulgen stained human cervical tissues graded from normal to cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) III. For the purpose of comparison, 15 μm sections were stained and mapped so that the same cell population could be analyzed by both integrated optical density and fluorescence intensity. Distribution of DNA content from normal cervical epithelial cells 2-3 layers out from the basal cell layer measured by both methodologies showed a stable G0/G1 population with no observable S-phase or G2 cells. Cells measured from areas of increasing CIN grade showed progressively higher DNA content values that were not observable in normal tissue. Although these data are preliminary they suggest that CLSM can be used to identify aneuploid states within defined structural areas of pre- invasive neoplasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue numberSUPPL. 25
StatePublished - 1996


  • cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
  • confocal microscopy
  • DNA quantitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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