Question: (Closed) Discrepancy between agarose gel and bioanalyzer after sonication for ChIP
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augelloma0 wrote:

Hello, I was hoping someone could help me figure out the issue I am having with sonicated DNA for ChIP Seq.  I ran an initial sonication test in a bioruptor to optimize sheering size found that around 30 cycles looked to be in the right range (100-300bp) according to my agarose gel.  To get a more accurate measure of the DNA size and quantity I ran the same samples on a high sensitivity DNA bioanalyzer chip but got very different results.  While The DNA chip also picked up the smaller size fragments I saw on the agarose gel, it also showed a band smear near 1500-3000bp in nearly every sample (these bands were not present in the agarose gel).  I don't think it is a sensitivity issue because the band on the DNA ChiP is equal to or greater than the concentration of the lower band.  Has anyone ever seen this or know why I am getting to very different results?





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ADD REPLYlink written 5.1 years ago by Michael Dondrup48k

The X-scale is logarithmic, which makes the intensity of the high-molecular weight bands look much stronger than they appear on an agarose gel. This secondary peak is what we call 'overfixed' or 'undersonicated' chromatin, and re-sequencing experiments have shown that is doesn't really effect the results of the ChIP. The fixed chromatin is essentially from the same place as the unfixed chromatin (but different cells).

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