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Single-tube linear DNA amplification for genome-wide studies using a few thousand cells.


PMID 22281868

Abstract

Linear amplification of DNA (LinDA) by T7 polymerase is a versatile and robust method for generating sufficient amounts of DNA for genome-wide studies with minute amounts of cells. LinDA can be coupled to a great number of global profiling technologies. Indeed, chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled to massive parallel sequencing (ChIP-seq) has been achieved for transcription factors and epigenetic modification of chromatin histones with 1,000 to 5,000 cells. LinDA largely simplifies reChIP-seq experiments to monitor co-binding at chromatin target sites. The single-tube design of LinDA is ideal for handling ultrasmall amounts of DNA (<30 pg) and is compatible with automation. The actual hands-on working time is less than 6 h with one overnight reaction. The present protocol describes all materials and critical steps, and provides examples and controls for LinDA. Applications of LinDA for genome-wide analyses of biobank samples and for the study of chromatin conformation and nuclear architecture are in progress.

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