Highly Multiplexed Single-Cell In Situ RNA and DNA Analysis by Consecutive Hybridization.
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The ability to comprehensively profile nucleic acids in individual cells in their natural spatial contexts is essential to advance our understanding of biology and medicine. Here, we report a novel method for spatial transcriptomics and genomics analysis. In this method, every nucleic acid molecule is detected as a fluorescent spot at its natural cellular location throughout the cycles of consecutive fluorescence in situ hybridization (C-FISH). In each C-FISH cycle, fluorescent oligonucleotide probes hybridize to the probes applied in the previous cycle, and also introduce the binding sites for the next cycle probes. With reiterative cycles of hybridization, imaging and photobleaching, the identities of the varied nucleic acids are determined by their unique color sequences. To demonstrate the feasibility of this method, we show that transcripts or genomic loci in single cells can be unambiguously quantified with 2 fluorophores and 16 C-FISH cycles or with 3 fluorophores and 9 C-FISH cycles. Without any error correction, the error rates obtained using the raw data are close to zero. These results indicate that C-FISH potentially enables tens of thousands (216 = 65,536 or 39 = 19,683) of different transcripts or genomic loci to be precisely profiled in individual cells in situ.


Spatial Transcriptomics
fluorescence in situ hybridization
genomic loci

MeSH terms

HeLa Cells
In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
Nucleic Acid Hybridization
Single-Cell Analysis


Xiao, Lu
Liao, Renjie
Guo, Jia

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