Mapping the function of polycomb proteins

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Polycomb group (PcG) proteins are master regulators of proliferation and development that play essential roles in human pathologies including cancers. PcGs act as gatekeepers of cellular identity, maintaining repression of a multitude of target genes. However, these properties have only been recently uncovered thanks to technological advances, first of all chromatin immunoprecipitations (ChIP), that allowed a systematic characterization of the activity of these factors in an unbiased manner at a genome-wide level. Using PcG protein as example, this chapter introduces the readers to the use of chromatin analysis (ChIP assays and replication timing) and how to move these approaches to a level of genome-wide interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • ChIP
  • Chromatin
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Polycomb
  • Replication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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