Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) in Budding Yeast
Program in Systems Biology; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Genetics and Genomics | Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Systems Biology
Chromosome conformation capture (3C) is a method for studying chromosomal organization that takes advantage of formaldehyde cross-linking to measure the spatial association of two pieces of chromatin. The 3C method begins with whole-cell formaldehyde fixation of chromatin. After cell lysis, solubilized chromatin is digested with a type II restriction endonuclease, and cross-linked DNA fragments are ligated together. Cross-links are reversed by degradation with proteinase K, and chimeric DNA molecules are purified by standard phenol:chloroform extraction. The resulting 3C library represents chromatin fragments that may be separated by large genomic distances or located on different chromosomes, but are close enough in three-dimensional space for cross-linking. Locus-specific oligonucleotide primers are used to detect interactions of interest in the 3C library using end-point polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
DOI of Published Version
Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2015 Jun 1;2015(6):580-6. doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot085175. Link to article on publisher's site
Cold Spring Harbor protocols
Belton, Jon-Matthew and Dekker, Job, "Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) in Budding Yeast" (2015). Program in Systems Biology Publications and Presentations. 72.