Genome-wide mapping of DNA strand breaks.

  • Date de publication : 2011-03-02


Leduc F, Faucher D, Bikond Nkoma G, Grégoire MC, Arguin M, Wellinger RJ, Boissonneault G. Genome-wide mapping of DNA strand breaks. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e17353. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017353. PubMed PMID: 21364894.

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chromosome mapping chromosomes, fungal dna breaks dna damage genes, mating type, fungal genetic loci in situ nick-end labeling models, biological organisms, genetically modified plasmids polymerase chain reaction saccharomyces cerevisiae sequence analysis, dna


Determination of cellular DNA damage has so far been limited to global assessment of genome integrity whereas nucleotide-level mapping has been restricted to specific loci by the use of specific primers. Therefore, only limited DNA sequences can be studied and novel regions of genomic instability can hardly be discovered. Using a well-characterized yeast model, we describe a straightforward strategy to map genome-wide DNA strand breaks without compromising nucleotide-level resolution. This technique, termed "damaged DNA immunoprecipitation" (dDIP), uses immunoprecipitation and the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-biotin end-labeling (TUNEL) to capture DNA at break sites. When used in combination with microarray or next-generation sequencing technologies, dDIP will allow researchers to map genome-wide DNA strand breaks as well as other types of DNA damage and to establish a clear profiling of altered genes and/or intergenic sequences in various experimental conditions. This mapping technique could find several applications for instance in the study of aging, genotoxic drug screening, cancer, meiosis, radiation and oxidative DNA damage.