Microsurgery and microinjection techniques in mitosis research

Charles A. Day, Jessica Hornick, Alyssa Langfald, Christopher Mader, Edward H. Hinchcliffe*

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The use of microtechnique for studying cell division is well established (Begg & Ellis, 1979; Wadsworth, 1999; Zhang & Nicklas, 1999). The advantage of microinjection in cell division research is the timed delivery of a macromolecules at a particular stage of mitosis (for example, pre- vs postanaphase), which can circumvent the spindle assembly checkpoint (Hinchcliffe et al., 2016). Micromanipulation can be used to remove whole organelles, such as the centrosome or nucleus and examine the effects on cell division (Hinchcliffe et al., 2001; Hornick et al., 2011). The focus of this chapter is on methods for microinjection and micromanipulation of cultured mammalian cells. We describe pulling and shaping microneedles, as well as the imaging chambers we use. We also provide information on cell culture conditions, and imaging techniques used for our long-term observation studies, which allow cells to be followed on the order of several days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Cell Biology
EditorsHelder Maiato, Melina Schuh
PublisherAcademic Press Inc
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780128141427
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameMethods in Cell Biology
ISSN (Print)0091-679X


  • Antibody
  • Cell cycle
  • Checkpoint
  • Long-term time-lapse
  • Microneedle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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