Performing colonoscopic-guided pinch biopsies in mice and evaluating subsequent tissue changes

David C. Montrose, Erin M. McNally, Erika Sue, Andrew J. Dannenberg

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Understanding the tissue and cellular changes that occur in the acute injury response as well as during the wound healing process is of paramount importance when studying diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The murine colonic pinch biopsy model is a useful tool to define these processes. Additionally, the interplay between gut luminal content (e.g., microbes) and the colon can be studied. However, wound induction and the ability to track wound closure over time in a reliable manner can be challenging. Moreover, tissue preparation and orientation must be carried out in a standardized way to optimally interrogate histologic and molecular changes. Here, we present a detailed method describing biopsy-induced injury and the monitoring of wound closure through repeat colonoscopies. An approach is described that ensures consistent and reproducible measurements of wound size, the ability to collect the wound bed for molecular analyses as well as visualize the wound bed upon sectioning of tissues. The ability to successfully carry out these techniques allows for studies of the acute injury response, wound healing and luminal-host interactions within the colon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere60949
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number168
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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