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|Description||EZ-Magna ChIP™ A - Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Kit|
|Overview||Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is an important technique allowing the researcher to analyze in vivo interactions of proteins with genomic DNA. Any chromatin-associated or DNA binding protein can be analyzed with this technique, provided a good antibody to the protein exists. One can measure different proteins localized to a specific region of the genome, or the genome wide distribution of a specific protein. Another powerful application of this technique is to analyze changes in histone modifications that correlate with processes like transcription, mitosis or DNA repair.
Features & Benefits:
Faster: Magnetic protein A beads allow for the entire ChIP protocol to be done in as little as a day! All reagents to process your samples are included - you don't have to spend valuable time making them.
Easier: Spin columns make DNA purification easier and more reliable - no more messy phenol-chloroform extractions.
Greater Reproducibility: Positive and negative control antibodies and PCR primers are included to help validate your results and to troubleshoot your experiments.
|Background Information||Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is a powerful technique for mapping the in vivo distribution of proteins associated with chromosomal DNA. These proteins can be histone subunits and post-translational modifications or other chromatin associated proteins such as transcription factors, chromatin regulators, etc. Additionally, ChIP can be used to identify regions of the genome associated with these proteins, or conversely, to identify proteins associated with a particular region of the genome. ChIP methodology often involves protein-DNA and protein-protein cross-linking, fragmentation of the cross-linked chromatin, and subsequent immunoprecipitation of chromatin with an antibody specific to a target protein. The DNA fragments isolated in complex with the target protein can be identified by a variety of methods including PCR, DNA microarray and DNA sequencing. Standard or quantitative PCR can be performed to verify whether a particular DNA sequence (the gene or region of the genome) is associated with the protein of interest. The combination of ChIP and promoter or genomic tiling microarrays (ChIP-chip) allows genome-wide identification of DNA-binding sites for chromatin-associated proteins with precise resolution. Alternatively, high-throughput sequencing of libraries constructed from immunoprecipitated chromosomal DNA (ChIP-Seq) is a powerful alternative to ChIP-chip in mapping the protein-DNA interactions across mammalian genomes.|
|Materials Required but Not Delivered||Magna Grip™ Rack 8 well (Cat.# 20-400) (Now Available!) or similar magnetic rack.|
|Presentation||Two boxes containing all necessary reagents to perform 22 individual chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) reactions. Supplied buffers are sufficient to generate chromatin from up to five 15 cm plates of cultured cells, each plate providing up to 10 chromatin preparations (varies with cell and assay type).|
|Application||Single day chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) kit containing all necessary reagents to perform 22 individual chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) reactions using magnetic A beads. Control primers included.|
|Safety Information according to GHS|
|Storage and Shipping Information|
|Storage Conditions||Upon receipt, store components at the temperatures indicated on the labels. Kit components are stable for 1 year from date of shipment when stored as directed.|
|Material Size||22 assays|
|Material Package||Kit capacity: 22 chromatin immunoprecipitation assays|
EZ-Magna ChIP™ A - Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Kit SDS
|Reference overview||Pub Med ID|
|Shifts in podocyte histone H3K27me3 regulate mouse and human glomerular disease.|
Majumder, S; Thieme, K; Batchu, SN; Alghamdi, TA; Bowskill, BB; Kabir, MG; Liu, Y; Advani, SL; White, KE; Geldenhuys, L; Tennankore, KK; Poyah, P; Siddiqi, FS; Advani, A
J Clin Invest 128 483-499 2018
Histone protein modifications control fate determination during normal development and dedifferentiation during disease. Here, we set out to determine the extent to which dynamic changes to histones affect the differentiated phenotype of ordinarily quiescent adult glomerular podocytes. To do this, we examined the consequences of shifting the balance of the repressive histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) mark in podocytes. Adriamycin nephrotoxicity and subtotal nephrectomy (SNx) studies indicated that deletion of the histone methylating enzyme EZH2 from podocytes decreased H3K27me3 levels and sensitized mice to glomerular disease. H3K27me3 was enriched at the promoter region of the Notch ligand Jag1 in podocytes, and derepression of Jag1 by EZH2 inhibition or knockdown facilitated podocyte dedifferentiation. Conversely, inhibition of the Jumonji C domain-containing demethylases Jmjd3 and UTX increased the H3K27me3 content of podocytes and attenuated glomerular disease in adriamycin nephrotoxicity, SNx, and diabetes. Podocytes in glomeruli from humans with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis or diabetic nephropathy exhibited diminished H3K27me3 and heightened UTX content. Analogous to human disease, inhibition of Jmjd3 and UTX abated nephropathy progression in mice with established glomerular injury and reduced H3K27me3 levels. Together, these findings indicate that ostensibly stable chromatin modifications can be dynamically regulated in quiescent cells and that epigenetic reprogramming can improve outcomes in glomerular disease by repressing the reactivation of developmental pathways.
|Therapeutic potential of GSK-J4, a histone demethylase KDM6B/JMJD3 inhibitor, for acute myeloid leukemia.|
Li, Y; Zhang, M; Sheng, M; Zhang, P; Chen, Z; Xing, W; Bai, J; Cheng, T; Yang, FC; Zhou, Y
J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 144 1065-1077 2018
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease with poor outcomes. Despite increased evidence shows that dysregulation of histone modification contributes to AML, specific drugs targeting key histone modulators are not applied in the clinical treatment of AML. Here, we investigated whether targeting KDM6B, the demethylase of tri-methylated histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27me3), has a therapeutic potential for AML.A KDM6B-specific inhibitor, GSK-J4, was applied to treat the primary cells from AML patients and AML cell lines in vitro and in vivo. RNA-sequencing was performed to reveal the underlying mechanisms of inhibiting KDM6B for the treatment of AML.Here we observed that the mRNA expression of KDM6B was up-regulated in AML and positively correlated with poor survival. Treatment with GSK-J4 increased the global level of H3K27me3 and reduced the proliferation and colony-forming ability of primary AML cells and AML cell lines. GSK-J4 treatment significantly induced cell apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest in Kasumi-1 cells, and displayed a synergistic effect with cytosine arabinoside. Notably, injection of GSK-J4 attenuated the disease progression in a human AML xenograft mouse model in vivo. Treatment with GSK-J4 predominantly resulted in down-regulation of DNA replication and cell-cycle-related pathways, as well as abrogated the expression of critical cancer-promoting HOX genes. ChIP-qPCR validated an increased enrichment of H3K27me3 in the transcription start sites of these HOX genes.In summary, our findings suggest that targeting KDM6B with GSK-J4 has a therapeutic potential for the treatment of AML.
|The Human Cytomegalovirus Strain DB Activates Oncogenic Pathways in Mammary Epithelial Cells.|
Kumar, A; Tripathy, MK; Pasquereau, S; Al Moussawi, F; Abbas, W; Coquard, L; Khan, KA; Russo, L; Algros, MP; Valmary-Degano, S; Adotevi, O; Morot-Bizot, S; Herbein, G
EBioMedicine 30 167-183 2018
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) establishes a persistent life-long infection and increasing evidence indicates HCMV infection can modulate signaling pathways associated with oncogenesis. Breast milk is an important route of HCMV transmission in humans and we hypothesized that mammary epithelial cells could be one of the main cellular targets of HCMV infection.The infectivity of primary human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs) was assessed following infection with the HCMV-DB strain, a clinical isolate with a marked macrophage-tropism. The impact of HCMV-DB infection on expression of p53 and retinoblastoma proteins, telomerase activity and oncogenic pathways (c-Myc, Akt, Ras, STAT3) was studied. Finally the transformation of HCMV-DB infected HMECs was evaluated using soft agar assay. CTH cells (CMV Transformed HMECs) were detected in prolonged cultures of infected HMECs. Tumor formation was observed in NOD/SCID Gamma (NSG) mice injected with CTH cells. Detection of long non coding RNA4.9 (lncRNA4.9) gene was assessed in CTH cells, tumors isolated from xenografted NSG mice and biopsies of patients with breast cancer using qualitative and quantitative PCR.We found that HCMV, especially a clinical strain named HCMV-DB, infects HMECs in vitro. The clinical strain HCMV-DB replicates productively in HMECs as evidenced by detection of early and late viral transcripts and proteins. Following infection of HMECs with HCMV-DB, we observed the inactivation of retinoblastoma and p53 proteins, the activation of telomerase activity, the activation of the proto-oncogenes c-Myc and Ras, the activation of Akt and STAT3, and the upregulation of cyclin D1 and Ki67 antigen. Colony formation was observed in soft agar seeded with HCMV-DB-infected HMECs. Prolonged culture of infected HMECs resulted in the development of clusters of spheroid cells that we called CTH cells (CMV Transformed HMECs). CTH cells when injected in NOD/SCID Gamma (NSG) mice resulted in the development of tumors. We detected in CTH cells the presence of a HCMV signature corresponding to a sequence of the long noncoding RNA4.9 (lncRNA4.9) gene. We also found the presence of the HCMV lncRNA4.9 sequence in tumors isolated from xenografted NSG mice injected with CTH cells and in biopsies of patients with breast cancer using qualitative and quantitative PCR.Our data indicate that key molecular pathways involved in oncogenesis are activated in HCMV-DB-infected HMECs that ultimately results in the transformation of HMECs in vitro with the appearance of CMV-transformed HMECs (CTH cells) in culture. CTH cells display a HCMV signature corresponding to a lncRNA4.9 genomic sequence and give rise to fast growing triple-negative tumors in NSG mice. A similar lncRNA4.9 genomic sequence was detected in tumor biopsies of patients with breast cancer.
|Restoring Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 Balance in the Neurodegenerative Brain Relieves Epigenetic Transcriptional Repression and Reinstates Cognition.|
Panikker, P; Xu, SJ; Zhang, H; Sarthi, J; Beaver, M; Sheth, A; Akhter, S; Elefant, F
J Neurosci 38 4569-4583 2018
Cognitive decline is a debilitating hallmark during preclinical stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), yet the causes remain unclear. Because histone acetylation homeostasis is critical for mediating epigenetic gene control throughout neuronal development, we postulated that its misregulation contributes to cognitive impairment preceding AD pathology. Here, we show that disruption of Tip60 histone acetlytransferase (HAT)/histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) homeostasis occurs early in the brain of an AD-associated amyloid precursor protein (APP) Drosophila model and triggers epigenetic repression of neuroplasticity genes well before Aβ plaques form in male and female larvae. Repressed genes display enhanced HDAC2 binding and reduced Tip60 and histone acetylation enrichment. Increasing Tip60 in the AD-associated APP brain restores Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 balance by decreasing HDAC2 levels, reverses neuroepigenetic alterations to activate synaptic plasticity genes, and reinstates brain morphology and cognition. Such Drosophila neuroplasticity gene epigenetic signatures are conserved in male and female mouse hippocampus and their expression and Tip60 function is compromised in hippocampus from AD patients. We suggest that Tip60 HAT/HDAC2-mediated epigenetic gene disruption is a critical initial step in AD that is reversed by restoring Tip60 in the brain.SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Mild cognitive impairment is a debilitating hallmark during preclinical stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), yet its causes remain unclear. Although recent findings support elevated histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) as a cause for epigenetic repression of synaptic genes that contribute to cognitive deficits, whether alterations in histone acetlytransferase (HAT) levels that counterbalance HDAC2 repressor action occur and the identity of these HATs remain unknown. We demonstrate that disruption of Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 homeostasis occurs early in the AD Drosophila brain and triggers epigenetic repression of neuroplasticity genes before Aβ plaques form. Increasing Tip60 in the AD brain restores Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 balance, reverses neuroepigenetic alterations to activate synaptic genes, and reinstates brain morphology and cognition. Our data suggest that disruption of the Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 balance is a critical initial step in AD.
|Myeloid-Specific Gene Deletion of Protein Phosphatase 2A Magnifies MyD88- and TRIF-Dependent Inflammation following Endotoxin Challenge.|
Sun, L; Pham, TT; Cornell, TT; McDonough, KL; McHugh, WM; Blatt, NB; Dahmer, MK; Shanley, TP
J Immunol 198 404-416 2017
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a member of the intracellular serine/threonine phosphatases. Innate immune cell activation triggered by pathogen-associated molecular patterns is mediated by various protein kinases, and PP2A plays a counter-regulatory role by deactivating these kinases. In this study, we generated a conditional knockout of the α isoform of the catalytic subunit of PP2A (PP2ACα). After crossing with myeloid-specific cre-expressing mice, effective gene knockout was achieved in various myeloid cells. The myeloid-specific knockout mice (lyM-PP2Afl/fl) showed higher mortality in response to endotoxin challenge and bacterial infection. Upon LPS challenge, serum levels of TNF-α, KC, IL-6, and IL-10 were significantly increased in lyM-PP2Afl/fl mice, and increased phosphorylation was observed in MAPK pathways (p38, ERK, JNK) and the NF-κB pathway (IKKα/β, NF-κB p65) in bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) from knockout mice. Heightened NF-κB activation was not associated with degradation of IκBα; instead, enhanced phosphorylation of the NF-κB p65 subunit and p38 phosphorylation-mediated TNF-α mRNA stabilization appear to contribute to the increased TNF-α expression. In addition, increased IL-10 expression appears to be due to PP2ACα-knockout-induced IKKα/β hyperactivation. Microarray experiments indicated that the Toll/IL-1R domain-containing adaptor inducing IFN-β/ TNFR-associated factor 3 pathway was highly upregulated in LPS-treated PP2ACα-knockout BMDMs, and knockout BMDMs had elevated IFN-α/β production compared with control BMDMs. Serum IFN-β levels from PP2ACα-knockout mice treated with LPS were also greater than those in controls. Thus, we demonstrate that PP2A plays an important role in regulating inflammation and survival in the setting of septic insult by targeting MyD88- and Toll/IL-1R domain-containing adaptor inducing IFN-β-dependent pathways.
|miR-130b directly targets ARHGAP1 to drive activation of a metastatic CDC42-PAK1-AP1 positive feedback loop in Ewing sarcoma.|
Satterfield, L; Shuck, R; Kurenbekova, L; Allen-Rhoades, W; Edwards, D; Huang, S; Rajapakshe, K; Coarfa, C; Donehower, LA; Yustein, JT
Int J Cancer 141 2062-2075 2017
Ewing Sarcoma (ES) is a highly aggressive bone tumor with peak incidence in the adolescent population. It has a high propensity to metastasize, which is associated with dismal survival rates of approximately 25%. To further understand mechanisms of metastasis we investigated microRNA regulatory networks in ES. Our studies focused on miR-130b due to our analysis that enhanced expression of this microRNA has clinical relevance in multiple sarcomas, including ES. Our studies provide insights into a novel positive feedback network involving the direct regulation of miR-130b and activation of downstream signaling events contributing toward sarcoma metastasis. Specifically, we demonstrated miR-130b induces proliferation, invasion, and migration in vitro and increased metastatic potential in vivo. Using microarray analysis of ES cells with differential miR-130b expression we identified alterations in downstream signaling cascades including activation of the CDC42 pathway. We identified ARHGAP1, which is a negative regulator of CDC42, as a novel, direct target of miR-130b. In turn, downstream activation of PAK1 activated the JNK and AP-1 cascades and downstream transcriptional targets including IL-8, MMP1 and CCND1. Furthermore, chromatin immunoprecipitation of endogenous AP-1 in ES cells demonstrated direct binding to an upstream consensus binding site within the miR-130b promoter. Finally, small molecule inhibition of PAK1 blocked miR-130b activation of JNK and downstream AP-1 target genes, including primary miR-130b transcripts, and miR-130b oncogenic properties, thus identifying PAK1 as a novel therapeutic target for ES. Taken together, our findings identify and characterize a novel, targetable miR-130b regulatory network that promotes ES metastasis.
|Epigenetic mechanisms underlying NMDA receptor hypofunction in the prefrontal cortex of juvenile animals in the MAM model for schizophrenia.|
Gulchina, Y; Xu, SJ; Snyder, MA; Elefant, F; Gao, WJ
J Neurochem 143 320-333 2017
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is characterized not only by psychosis, but also by working memory and executive functioning deficiencies, processes that rely on the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Because these cognitive impairments emerge prior to psychosis onset, we investigated synaptic function during development in the neurodevelopmental methylazoxymethanol (MAM) model for SCZ. Specifically, we hypothesize that N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction is attributable to reductions in the NR2B subunit through aberrant epigenetic regulation of gene expression, resulting in deficient synaptic physiology and PFC-dependent cognitive dysfunction, a hallmark of SCZ. Using western blot and whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, we found that the levels of synaptic NR2B protein are significantly decreased in juvenile MAM animals, and the function of NMDARs is substantially compromised. Both NMDA-mEPSCs and synaptic NMDA-eEPSCs are significantly reduced in prelimbic PFC (plPFC). This protein loss during the juvenile period is correlated with an aberrant increase in enrichment of the epigenetic transcriptional repressor RE1-silencing transcription factor (REST) and the repressive histone marker H3K27me3 at the Grin2b promoter, as assayed by ChIP-quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Glutamate hypofunction has been a prominent hypothesis in the understanding of SCZ pathology; however, little attention has been given to the NMDAR system in the developing PFC in models for SCZ. Our work is the first to confirm that NMDAR hypofunction is a feature of early postnatal development, with epigenetic hyper-repression of the Grin2b promoter being a contributing factor. The selective loss of NR2B protein and subsequent synaptic dysfunction weakens plPFC function during development and may underlie early cognitive impairments in SCZ models and patients. Read the Editorial Highlight for this article on page 264.
|Early growth response-1-mediated down-regulation of drebrin correlates with loss of dendritic spines.|
Cho, C; MacDonald, R; Shang, J; Cho, MJ; Chalifour, LE; Paudel, HK
J Neurochem 142 56-73 2017
Post-synaptic dendritic spines are structurally composed of actin cytoskeleton, which undergoes dynamic morphological changes to accommodate incoming synaptic activity. Drebrin is an actin-binding protein highly expressed in dendritic spines that serves an important role in regulating spine morphology. Functionally, loss of drebrin directly correlates with deficits in learning and memory, as is the case observed in Alzheimer's disease. Despite these findings, the regulatory factor responsible for drebrin loss remains unclear. Here, we show that early growth response-1 (Egr-1), an inducible zinc finger transcription factor, down-regulates drebrin expression. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analyses identified Egr-1 binding sites upstream of the drebrin start site in neuronal cells. Over-expression of Egr-1 in vitro in primary hippocampal neurons or in vivo in homogenates prepared from the hippocampi of an inducible mouse model of Egr-1 show reduced drebrin mRNA and protein levels. Conversely, increased drebrin was detected in hippocampal samples isolated from Egr-1-deficient brain. These data demonstrate that Egr-1 interacts with the drebrin promoter and negatively regulates drebrin expression. Furthermore, immunocytochemical and Golgi staining analyses revealed reduced drebrin protein and dendritic spine density as well as reduced expression of synaptic markers in in vitro hippocampal neurons over-expressing Egr-1 and in vivo inducible mouse model of Egr-1. In contrast, increased drebrin expression correlated with increased dendritic spine density was detected in samples from Egr-1-deficient mice. These data provide evidence that Egr-1 is a novel regulator of drebrin expression, which is linked to changes in dendritic spine density.
|Tip60 HAT Action Mediates Environmental Enrichment Induced Cognitive Restoration.|
Xu, S; Panikker, P; Iqbal, S; Elefant, F
PLoS One 11 e0159623 2016
Environmental enrichment (EE) conditions have beneficial effects for reinstating cognitive ability in neuropathological disorders like Alzheimer's disease (AD). While EE benefits involve epigenetic gene control mechanisms that comprise histone acetylation, the histone acetyltransferases (HATs) involved remain largely unknown. Here, we examine a role for Tip60 HAT action in mediating activity- dependent beneficial neuroadaptations to EE using the Drosophila CNS mushroom body (MB) as a well-characterized cognition model. We show that flies raised under EE conditions display enhanced MB axonal outgrowth, synaptic marker protein production, histone acetylation induction and transcriptional activation of cognition linked genes when compared to their genotypically identical siblings raised under isolated conditions. Further, these beneficial changes are impaired in both Tip60 HAT mutant flies and APP neurodegenerative flies. While EE conditions provide some beneficial neuroadaptive changes in the APP neurodegenerative fly MB, such positive changes are significantly enhanced by increasing MB Tip60 HAT levels. Our results implicate Tip60 as a critical mediator of EE-induced benefits, and provide broad insights into synergistic behavioral and epigenetic based therapeutic approaches for treatment of cognitive disorder.
|Epigenetic Regulation of Cytosolic Phospholipase A2 in SH-SY5Y Human Neuroblastoma Cells.|
Tan, CS; Ng, YK; Ong, WY
Mol Neurobiol 53 3854-3872 2016
Group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2 or PLA2G4A) is a key enzyme that contributes to inflammation via the generation of arachidonic acid and eicosanoids. While much is known about regulation of cPLA2 by posttranslational modification such as phosphorylation, little is known about its epigenetic regulation. In this study, treatment with histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, trichostatin A (TSA), valproic acid, tubacin and the class I HDAC inhibitor, MS-275, were found to increase cPLA2α messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. Co-treatment of the histone acetyltransferase (HAT) inhibitor, anacardic acid, modulated upregulation of cPLA2α induced by TSA. Specific involvement of class I HDACs and HAT in cPLA2α regulation was further shown, and a Tip60-specific HAT inhibitor, NU9056, modulated the upregulation of cPLA2α induced by MS-275. In addition, co-treatment of with histone methyltransferase (HMT) inhibitor, 5'-deoxy-5'-methylthioadenosine (MTA) suppressed TSA-induced cPLA2α upregulation. The above changes in cPLA2 mRNA expression were reflected at the protein level by Western blots and immunocytochemistry. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) showed TSA increased binding of trimethylated H3K4 to the proximal promoter region of the cPLA2α gene. Cell injury after TSA treatment as indicated by lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release was modulated by anacardic acid, and a role of cPLA2 in mediating TSA-induced injury shown, after co-incubation with the cPLA2 selective inhibitor, arachidonoyl trifluoromethyl ketone (AACOCF3). Together, results indicate epigenetic regulation of cPLA2 and the potential of such regulation for treatment of chronic inflammation.
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|Is there ever a time when I do not need to cross-link Histones?||In native ChIP, Histone H3 and Histone H4 do not need to be crosslinked as they are very tightly associated. Histone H2A and Histone H2B are not as tightly associated, but will still work in native ChIP.|
|What were your conditions for PCR?||Please see the manual for The EZ ChIP Kit (Catalog #17-371) for more information.|
|If I wanted to quantitate my immunoprecipitated DNA, how would I do so?||DNA purified from ChIP experiments can be quantitated by PCR, providing the amplifying oligos meet specific criteria. Oligos should be 24 mers, with a GC content of 50% (+/- 4) and a Tm of 60.0C (+/- 2.0). You must be certain that the PCR reactions are within the linear range of amplification. Generally it takes time to achieve this. Too much input DNA will affect your results, so set up several tubes for each experiment to optimize the input DNA. Generally, this is about 1/25th to 1/100th for yeast, approximately 1/10 for mammalian cells, but depends on the amount of antibody and input chromatin.
Also, do not use more than 20 cycles, making sure that dNTP's always remain in excess. Also, include each reaction a control primer (to compare your experimental band against-make sure the sizes are sufficiently different to allow proper separation-75 base pairs is usually OK) set to a region of the genome that should not change throughout your experimental conditions. Also PCR from purified input DNA (no ChIP) and include no antibody control PCR's as well. PCR products should be no more than 500 base pairs and should span the area of interest (where you think you will see changes in acetylation or methylation of histones). All PCR products should be run on 7-8% acrylamide gels and stained with SYBR Green 1 (Molecular Probes) at a dilution of 1:10,000 (in 1X Tris-borate-EDTA buffer, pH 7.5) for 30 minutes-no destaining is required.
Quantitation is carried out subsequent to scanning of the gel on a Molecular Dynamics Storm 840 or 860 in Blue fluorescence mode with PMT voltage at 900 with ImageQuant software. This has distinct advantages over ethidium bromide staining. SYBR Green is much more sensitive, and illumination of ethidium stained gels can vary across the gel based on the quality of UV bulbs in your in your light box. For further info, see Strahl-Bolsinger et al. (1997) Genes Dev. 11: 83-93. A radioactive quantitation m
|I am not getting amplification with input DNA. What did I do wrong?||Your input DNA sample should be taken just prior to adding the antibody. It is considered the starting material. If you are not seeing amplification with your input DNA, either you have not successfully reversed the cross links or the PCR is not working for reasons other than the kit.|
|Do you have any tips for sonication?||Keep cells on ice throughout the procedure - even during sonication. Be sure that you don't sonicate for to long (more than 30 seconds could cause sample overheating and denaturation).|
|Why is more DNA is precipitated in my no-antibody control than for my test sample?||To eliminate banding in your negative controls you can do several things:
A) Pre-clear the 2ml diluted cell pellet suspension with 80 microliters of Salmon Sperm DNA/Protein A Agarose-50% Slurry for 30 minutes at 4ºC with agitation. You could try to preclear the lysate longer or with more clearings.
B) Titrate your input DNA, to see when the bands in the NFA disappear.
C) Use an alternative lysis procedure: Resuspend cell pellet in 200 microliters of 5mM Pipes pH 8.0, 85mM KCl, 0.5% NP40 containing protease inhibitors. Place on ice for 10 minutes. Pellet by centrifugation (5 minutes at 5000 rpm). Resuspend pellet in 200 microliters of 1% SDS, 10mM EDTA, 50mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.1 containing protease inhibitors. Incubate on ice for 10 minutes.
D) Block the Salmon Sperm DNA Agarose prior to use in 1-5% BSA and Chip dilution buffer (mix at room temperature for 30 minutes). After incubation, spin the agarose and remove the 1% BSA/ChIP assay buffer supernatant. Wash once in ChIP assay buffer and continue.
|What is 'Input DNA', and why no 'Output DNA'?||Input DNA is DNA obtained from chromatin that has been cross-link reversed similar to your samples. It is a control for PCR effectiveness. Output DNA is the DNA from each of your ChIP experiments.|
|What types of controls do I need to run in the IP and the PCR portions of the ChIP?||ChIP control: use Anti-acetyl H3 primary antibody and PCR for the GAPDH gene promoter. This will ensure that each step of the procedure is working. PCR amplification: Control for PCR amplification using primers designed against a sequence that would not be enriched by your chromatin IP.
Liner Range PCR controls:
Ensure that PCR amplification is in the linear range by setting up each reaction at different dilutions of DNA for various amplification cycle numbers, and select the final PCR conditions accordingly. The assays are typically done in duplicate or triplicate. The average fragment size after sonication is ~500 bp (Kondo, et al. Molecular and Cellular Biology, January 2003, p. 206-215, Vol. 23, No. 1)
1) ChIP analysis of a transcribed region of the gene of interest which is >40 kb away from the promoter you are looking at. This may reveal that the activation level (e.g., acetylation level) may be very low or more importantly, not affected by your treatment.
2) Control for specificity of an induced local Histone hyperacetylation, you could analyze the acetylation level of another promoter (Sachs, et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97:2000, 13138-13143).
No primary antibody control:
This is the control in which you run the ChIP assay but don't add the primary immunoprecipitating antibody. It will ensure that you are not seeing sequences that bind non-specifically to the beads and that the recognition of your protein by the antibody you are using is required for enrichment of the target sequence
Negative antibody control:
A normal serum, normal IgG, or an antibody to a distant protein (all from the same species) is a good negative antibody control. The best control if using a polyclonal antibody is pre-immune antiserum of the animal that has been immunized.
|What are the best primer designs?||Primer length should be 24 nucleotides; they should have 50% GC content, and a Tm of 60°C. Don't try to amplify anything larger than 600-800 nucleotides. Attempt to stay away from sequences that are not unique within the genome.|
|Can I use this kit with transcription factors?||Yes, but the antibodies must be very good and generally you will want to increase the fixation times to insure maximal cross-linking.|
|EZ-Magna ChIP™ A|