A polyplex qPCR-based binding assay for protein–DNA interactions

Moreau, Morgane J.J, and Schaeffer, Patrick M. (2012) A polyplex qPCR-based binding assay for protein–DNA interactions. Analyst, 137. pp. 4111-4113.

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The measurement of protein–DNA interactions is difficult and often involves radioisotope-labelled DNA to obtain the desired assay sensitivity. More recently, high-throughput proteomic approaches were developed but they generally lack sensitivity. For these methods, the level of technical difficulties involved is high due to the need for specialised facilities or equipment and training. The new qPCR-based DNA-binding assay involves immunoprecipitation of a GFP-tagged DNA-binding protein in complex with various DNA targets (Ter sites) followed by qPCR quantification, affording a very sensitive and quantitative method that can be performed in polyplex. Using a single binding reaction, the binding specificity of the DNA replication terminator protein Tus for ten termination sites TerA–J could be obtained for the first time in just a few hours. This new qPCR DNA-binding assay can easily be adapted to determine the binding specificity of virtually any soluble and functional epitope-tagged DNA-binding protein.

Item ID: 22849
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1364-5528
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 05:32
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060101 Analytical Biochemistry @ 100%
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