Sep 15, 2022

New Publication from Dr. Michael Hoffman

Dr. Michael Hoffman
Dr. Michael Hoffman

MBP scientist Dr. Michael Hoffman has published a new Cell Reports Methods article entitled 'Sensitive and reproducible cell-free methylome quantification with synthetic spike-in controls.'

Article Abstract 
"Cell-free methylated DNA immunoprecipitation sequencing (cfMeDIP-seq) identifies genomic regions with DNA methylation, using a protocol adapted to work with low-input DNA samples and with cell-free DNA (cfDNA). We developed a set of synthetic spike-in DNA controls for cfMeDIP-seq to provide a simple and inexpensive reference for quantitative normalization. We designed 54 DNA fragments with combinations of methylation status (methylated and unmethylated), fragment length (80 bp, 160 bp, 320 bp), G + C content (35%, 50%, 65%), and fraction of CpG dinucleotides within the fragment (1/80 bp, 1/40 bp, 1/20 bp). Using 0.01 ng of spike-in controls enables training a generalized linear model that absolutely quantifies methylated cfDNA in MeDIP-seq experiments. It mitigates batch effects and corrects for biases in enrichment due to known biophysical properties of DNA fragments and other technical biases."

View the article on the Cell Reports Methods website.