Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Protoc Mol Biol. 2017 Oct 2;120:21.34.1-21.34.18. doi: 10.1002/cpmb.45.

Single-Assay Profiling of Nucleosome Occupancy and Chromatin Accessibility.

Author information

Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Current address: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
Current address: Neurobiology Center, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland.


This unit describes a method for determining the accessibility of chromatinized DNA and nucleosome occupancy in the same assay. Enzymatic digestion of chromatin using micrococcal nuclease (MNase) is optimized for liberation, retrieval, and characterization of DNA fragments from chromatin. MNase digestion is performed in a titration series, and the DNA fragments are isolated and sequenced for each individual digest independently. These sequenced fragments are then collectively analyzed in a novel bioinformatics pipeline to produce a metric describing MNase accessibility of chromatin (MACC) and nucleosome occupancy. This approach allows profiling of the entire genome including regions of open and closed chromatin. Moreover, the MACC protocol can be supplemented with a histone immunoprecipitation step to estimate and compare both histone and non-histone DNA protection components.


MNase titration; accessibility; chromatin; nucleosomes

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center