Methyl-binding DNA capture sequencing for patient tissues

Rohit R. Jadhav, Yao V. Wang, Ya Ting Hsu, Joseph Liu, Dawn Garcia, Zhao Lai, Tim H.M. Huang, Victor X. Jin

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Methylation is one of the essential epigenetic modifications to the DNA, which is responsible for the precise regulation of genes required for stable development and differentiation of different tissue types. Dysregulation of this process is often the hallmark of various diseases like cancer. Here, we outline one of the recent sequencing techniques, Methyl-Binding DNA Capture sequencing (MBDCap-seq), used to quantify methylation in various normal and disease tissues for large patient cohorts. We describe a detailed protocol of this affinity enrichment approach along with a bioinformatics pipeline to achieve optimal quantification. This technique has been used to sequence hundreds of patients across various cancer types as a part of the 1,000 methylome project (Cancer Methylome System).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere54131
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number116
StatePublished - Oct 31 2016


  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA methylation
  • Differential methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Issue 116
  • MBD-seq
  • Sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience


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