Serial analysis of gene expression

Nat Protoc. 2006;1(4):1743-60. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2006.269.


Serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) is a method used to obtain comprehensive, unbiased and quantitative gene-expression profiles. Its major advantage over arrays is that it does not require a priori knowledge of the genes to be analyzed and reflects absolute mRNA levels. Since the original SAGE protocol was developed in a short-tag (10-bp) format, several modifications have been made to produce longer SAGE tags for more precise gene identification and to decrease the amount of starting material necessary. Several SAGE-like methods have also been developed for the genome-wide analysis of DNA copy-number changes and methylation patterns, chromatin structure and transcription factor targets. In this protocol, we describe the 17-bp longSAGE method for transcriptome profiling optimized for a small amount of starting material. The generation of such libraries can be completed in 7-10 d, whereas sequencing and data analysis require an additional 2-3 wk.

MeSH terms

  • Expressed Sequence Tags
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods*
  • Genomics