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Extraction of Chromatin

Molecular Biology
  The Central Dogma
  Protein Synthesis in Cell Free Systems
  Polytene Chromosomes of Dipterans
  Salivary Gland Preparation (Squash Technique)
  Extraction of Chromatin
  Chromatin Electrophoresis
  Extraction and Electrophoresis of Histones
  Karyotype Analysis
  In Situ Hybridization
  Culturing Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes
  Microslide Preparation of Metaphases for In-Situ Hybridization
  Staining Chromosomes (G-Banding)
  Nucleic Acids
  Extraction of DNA from Bovine Spleen
  Purification of DNA
  Characterization of DNA
  DNA-Dische Diphenylamine Determination
  Melting Point Determination
  CsCl-Density Separation of DNA
  Phenol Extraction of rRNA (Rat liver)
  Spectrophotometric Analysis of rRNA
  Determination of Amount of RNA by the Orcinol Method
  Sucrose Density Fractionation
  Nucleotide Composition of RNA
  Isolation of Genomic DNA—DNA Extraction Procedure
  Isolation of Genomic DNA from Bacterial Cells
  Preparation of Genomic DNA from Bacteria
  Extraction of Genomic DNA from Plant Source
  Extraction of DNA from Goat Liver
  Isolation of Cotton Genomic DNA from Leaf Tissue
  Arabidopsis Thaliana DNA Isolation
  Plant DNA Extraction
  Phenol/Chloroform Extraction of DNA
  Ethanol Precipitation of DNA
  Isolation of Mitochondrial DNA
  Isolation of Chloroplast DNA
  DNA Extraction of Rhizobium (CsCl Method)
  Isolation of Plasmids
  RNA Isolation
  Preparation of Vanadyl-Ribonucleoside Complexes that Inhibit Ribonuclease Activity
  RNA Extraction Method for Cotton
  Isolation of RNA from Bacteroids
  Isolation of RNA from Free-Living Rhizobia
  Estimation of DNA purity and Quantification
  Fungal DNA Isolation
  Methylene Blue DNA Staining
  Blotting Techniques—Southern, Northern, Western Blotting
  Preparing the Probe
  Southern Blotting (First Method)
  Southern Blotting (Second Method)
  Western Blotting
  Western Blot Analysis of Epitoped-tagged Proteins using the Chemifluorescent Detection Method for Alkaline Phosphatase-conjugated Antibodies
  Southern Blot
  Southern Analysis of Mouse Toe/Tail DNA
  Northern Blotting
  Restriction Digestion Methods—Restriction Enzyme Digests
  Restriction Digestion of Plasmid, Cosmid, and Phage DNAs
  Manual Method of Restriction Digestion of Human DNA
  Preparation of High-Molecular-Weight Human DNA Restriction Fragments in Agarose Plugs
  Restriction Enzyme Digestion of DNA
  Electroelution of DNA Fragments from Agarose into Dialysis Tubing
  Isolation of Restriction Fragments from Agarose Gels by Collection onto DEAE Cellulose
  Ligation of Insert DNA to Vector DNA
  PCR Methods (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  Polymerase Chain Reaction
  DNA Amplification by the PCR Method

  • Bovine or porcine brain
  • 0.25 M sucrose containing 0.0033 M calcium acetate
  • 2.0 M sucrose with 0.0033 M calcium acetate
  • 0.075 M NaCl with 0.024 M EDTA, pH 8.0
  • Tris-HCl buffer, pH 8.0 with the following molarities, 0.05 M, 0.002 M, 0.0004 M
  • TCA (Trichloroacetic acid)
  • Tissue homogenizer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Refrigerated preparative centrifuge
  • Bradford or Lowry protein assay
  • UV spectrophotometer (optional)
Homogenize approximately 30 gms of bovine or porcine cerebellar tissue in a teflon-glass homogenizer in 9 volumes of cold 0.25 M sucrose containing 0.0033 M calcium acetate.
  1. Filter the resulting brei through several layers of cheesecloth and obtain crude nuclear pellets by centrifuging at 3500 xg for 20 minutes.
  2. Resuspend the nuclear pellet in 80 mL of cold 0.25 sucrose containing 0.0033 M calcium acetate.
  3. Obtain 3 cellulose nitrate centrifuge tubes and place 25-mL, aliquots of the resuspended nuclear pellet in each. Carefully pipette 5.0 mL of 2.0 M sucrose-0.0033 M calcium acetate into the bottom of each tube. Insert a pipette with the 2.0 M sucrose through the suspended nuclei and allow the viscous sucrose to layer on the bottom of the tube. Centrifuge the tubes at 40000 xg for 60 minutes.
  4. Use the resulting nuclear pellet just above the dense sucrose layer. It is used to extract chromatin proteins. Carefully remove the supernatant above the pellet with a pipette. Then, insert the pipette through the nuclear layer and remove the bottom sucrose layer. The nuclear pellet will remain in the tube. Resuspend the pellet in 40 mL of 0.075 M NaCl-0.024 M EDTA, pH 8.0 and centrifuge at 7700 xg for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard the supernatant, resuspend the pellet once again in 40 mL of 0.075 M NaCl-0.024 M EDTA, pH 8.0 and centrifuge again at 7700 xg for 15 minutes. Repeat this process one more time.
  6. Resuspend the nuclear pellet in 40 mL of 0.05 M Tris-HCl, pH 8.0 and centrifuge at 7700 xg for 10 minutes.
  7. Repeat step 7 to thoroughly wash the nuclei and then wash twice each in 0.01 M Tris pH 8.0, 0.002 M Tris pH 8.0, and 0.0004 M Tris pH 8.0.
  8. Resuspend the final washed nuclear pellet in ice-cold distilled water to a final volume of 100 mL and allow to swell overnight at 4°C. Gently stir the mixture on the following day. This solution is the pure chromatin to be used for subsequent analysis.
  9. Determine the purity of the chromatin sample within the nuclear pellet using one of the following:
    • Determine the protein concentration by Lowry or Bradford procedures.
    • Measure the optical absorbance at 230 nm (UV). The absorbance of a 1 mg/mL concentration of pea bud histone at 230 nm equals 3.5 OD units. The absorbance follows the Beer-Lambert law, and is linear with histone concentration. Since it is merely an optical reading, the sample is not destroyed in the measurement.
    • Measure the turbidity of the solution. Add trichloroacetic acid to a final concentration of 1.1 M and wait exactly 15 minutes. Read the OD400. A 10 µg/mL solution of pea bud histone has an OD = 0.083 at 400 nm. This technique is excellent for readings between 0 and 0.15 OD. The TCA precipitates some proteins and, thus, this procedure is more specific to histones than B. It can also be performed without a UV spectrophotometer.
    • Measure by nondestructive fluorometry. Histones can be detected by an excitation wavelength of 280 nm and a fluorescence measurement at 308 nm. Nonhistones can be detected in the same sample by excitation at 290 nm and measurement at 345 nm. Of course, this procedure requires the use of a fluorescence spectrophotometer.
The extraction of chromatin proteins starts with the isolation of a good nuclear fraction. Nuclear pellets and chromatin should be extracted 1 day before the laboratory period, if DNA, RNA, and both histone and nonhistone proteins are to be separated.


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