In skeletal muscle, DNA methylation contributes to the suppression of gene expression in several biological processes and diseases. A protocol for the detection of methylated cytosine was thus established based on methylation-sensitive enzymes, immunoprecipitation, and bisulfite conversion. DNA methylation analysis, with bisulfite conversion and sequencing, enables the quantification of methylation at each single base position. Here, we describe a basic method of bisulfite sequencing that can be used to analyze local DNA methylation status to confirm genome-wide DNA methylation analysis or correlation of gene expression regulatory mechanisms.
Keywords: Bisulfite conversion; Bisulfite sequencing analysis; DNA methylation; Epigenetics; Methylcytosine.