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Dev Dyn 2009 Jun 01;2386:1422-32. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.21931.
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Chromatin immunoprecipitation in early Xenopus laevis embryos.

Blythe SA , Reid CD , Kessler DS , Klein PS .

Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is a powerful method for analyzing the interaction of regulatory proteins with genomic loci, but has been difficult to apply to studies on early embryos due to the limiting amount of genomic material in these samples. Here, we present a comprehensive technique for performing ChIP on blastula and gastrula stage Xenopus embryos. We also describe methods for optimizing crosslinking and chromatin shearing, verifying antibody specificity, maximizing PCR sensitivity, and quantifying PCR results, allowing for the use of as few as 50 early blastula stage embryos (approximately 5x10(4) cells) per experimental condition. Finally, we demonstrate the predicted binding of endogenous beta-catenin to the nodal-related 6 promoter, binding of tagged Fast-1/FoxH1 to the goosecoid promoter, and binding of tagged Tcf3 to the siamois and nodal-related 6 promoters as examples of the potential application of ChIP to embryological investigations. Developmental Dynamics 238:1422-1432, 2009. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

PubMed ID: 19334278
PMC ID: PMC2832845
Article link: Dev Dyn
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: foxh1.2 gsc nodal nodal1 sia1 tcf3

References [+] :
Acevedo, Genome-scale ChIP-chip analysis using 10,000 human cells. 2007, Pubmed