Send to

Choose Destination
Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Jul 9;47(12):e69. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz222.

PIXUL-ChIP: integrated high-throughput sample preparation and analytical platform for epigenetic studies.

Author information

UW Medicine South Lake Union, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.
Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
Active Motif, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA.
Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.
Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is the most widely used approach for identification of genome-associated proteins and their modifications. We have previously introduced a microplate-based ChIP platform, Matrix ChIP, where the entire ChIP procedure is done on the same plate without sample transfers. Compared to conventional ChIP protocols, the Matrix ChIP assay is faster and has increased throughput. However, even with microplate ChIP assays, sample preparation and chromatin fragmentation (which is required to map genomic locations) remains a major bottleneck. We have developed a novel technology (termed 'PIXUL') utilizing an array of ultrasound transducers for simultaneous shearing of samples in standard 96-well microplates. We integrated PIXUL with Matrix ChIP ('PIXUL-ChIP'), that allows for fast, reproducible, low-cost and high-throughput sample preparation and ChIP analysis of 96 samples (cell culture or tissues) in one day. Further, we demonstrated that chromatin prepared using PIXUL can be used in an existing ChIP-seq workflow. Thus, the high-throughput capacity of PIXUL-ChIP provides the means to carry out ChIP-qPCR or ChIP-seq experiments involving dozens of samples. Given the complexity of epigenetic processes, the use of PIXUL-ChIP will advance our understanding of these processes in health and disease, as well as facilitate screening of epigenetic drugs.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Silverchair Information Systems Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center