Epigenetics

Our Options for the Analysis of c-methylation of DNA

MethylSeq

in “MethylSeq” DNA is digested using the methylation-sensitive restriction enzyme HpaII (C’CGG) and a library for NGS is prepared such that the ends of the generated fragments (=MethylSeq-Tags) are sequenced. Differences in the C-methylation result in a distinct population of fragments and hence tags. The tags are counted and annotated to the genome, to genarate a genome-wide high-resolution profile of the C-methylation pattern. Thanks to our “TrueQuant” Technique, PCR bias is eliminated.

Bisulfite-MethylSeq

Another variant of the approach is to digest bisulfite treated and untreated DNA using the restriction enzyme MspI (C’CGG). The bisulfite conversion, which generates Thymin from unmethylated Cytosin, will lead to a distinct framgent population and tags.

Bisulfite-Seq

The DNA can as well be sequenced entirely (WGS) or after target erichment before and after Bisulfite conversion. Our TrueQuant method allows to provide more accurate quantification results in this approach.

 

Methylation sepcific qPCR

For targeted analysis, we also offer methylation specific PCR. Briefly, DNA is digested using a  methylation-sensitive or -dependant restriction enzyme. A subsequent PCR with primers whose annealing sites are complentary to the restriction sites, will only lead to an amplfication product, if the sites are , depending on their methylation status, not digested. A qPCR allows to quantify the methylation.

ChIP-Seq

Binding-sites of DNA binding proteins such as transcription factors are analyzed after chromatin-immunoprecipitation (ChIP) of the proteins by  sequencing the bound DNA. Our TrueQuant method eiminiates PCR bias for highly accurate results.