Determining the genomic location of DNA-binding proteins is essential to understanding their function. Cleavage Under Targets and Release Using Nuclease (CUT&RUN) is a powerful method for mapping protein-DNA interactions at high resolution. In CUT&RUN, a recombinant protein A-microccocal nuclease (pA-MN) fusion is recruited by an antibody targeting the chromatin protein of interest; this can be done with either uncrosslinked or formaldehyde-crosslinked cells. DNA fragments near sites of antibody binding are released from the insoluble bulk chromatin through endonucleolytic cleavage and used to build barcoded DNA-sequencing libraries that can be sequenced in pools of at least 30. Therefore, CUT&RUN provides an alternative to ChIP-seq approaches for mapping chromatin proteins, which typically have relatively high signal-to-noise ratios, while using fewer cells and at a lower cost. Here, we describe the methods for performing CUT&RUN, generating DNA-sequencing libraries, and analyzing the resulting datasets. © 2019 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Keywords: CUT&RUN; chromatin; protein A-micrococcal nuclease; transcription factor.
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