to determine specificity of CRISPR/Cas9 targeting
Active Motif's enChIP® Kit* (engineered DNA-binding molecule-mediated chromatin immunoprecipitation) utilizes the CRISPR/Cas system to target specific genomic regions for investigation of associated DNA-binding interactions.
A guide RNA (gRNA) containing 20 nucleotides complementary to the desired genomic region is expressed in combination with a tagged, enzymatically inactive Cas9 protein (dCas9). The gRNA directs the dCas9 protein to the target sequence and an RNA-DNA heteroduplex is formed. Chromatin immunoprecipitation is then performed on the cells using an antibody directed against the AM-tagged dCas9 protein to enrich for genomic sequences bound by the gRNA/dCas9 complex.
By using the enChIP Kit, it is possible to evaluate cis- and trans-interacting chromosomal looping events. Additionally, the enChIP Kit can be used to study off-target gRNA binding sites to determine the quality of gRNA design prior to use in genome editing experiments.
*Patent numbers: WO2014/125668; JP5954808
- Evaluate cis- and trans-interacting chromosomal looping events
- Identify off-target binding events for each gRNA sequence
- AM-tag design maximizes enChIP enrichment efficiency
- Works well with open chromatin regions to detect promoter, enhancer and insulator elements
To learn more about enChIP, click on the Method, Data, or Contents tabs below. To view a manual or other related documents, click on the Documents tab below. For related resources, including publications click on the Resources tab.
|enChIP® Kit||16 rxns||53125||¥7,670||Buy|
|pAM_gRNA Vector||10 µg||53121||¥3,190||Buy|
|pAM_dCas9 Vector||10 µg||53122||¥3,190||Buy|
|pAM_gRNA_CTCF Vector||10 µg||53123||¥3,190||Buy|
|pAM_dCas9_CTCF Vector||10 µg||53124||¥3,190||Buy|
|High Sensitivity Chromatin Preparation||16 rxns||53046||¥3,640||Buy|
|FuGENE® HD Transfection Reagent||0.2 ml||32042||¥1,630||Buy|
How does the enChIP® Kit work?
The CRISPR/Cas system can be traced to bacteria and archaea which use the system to target and inactivate foreign genetic material. This adaptive immunity mechanism relies on acquisition of spacers, the assembly of the CRISPR RNAs and Cas proteins to the invading nucleic acids and degradation of the foreign material by nucleases1. Recently, researchers have repurposed the CRISPR/Cas9 system for genome engineering of mammalian systems2-6.
Engineered DNA-binding molecule-mediated chromatin immunoprecipitation (enChIP) was first described in 2013 by Toshitsugu Fujita and Hodaka Fujii7,8. enChIP was designed to purify specific genomic regions using the CRISPR/Cas9 system. The targeted genomic sequence is cloned into a guide RNA (gRNA) vector in which the 5´ sequence is used to identify the DNA target sequence and the 3´ sequence forms a duplex RNA structure to bind the Cas9 protein. When the gRNA is co-expressed with a deactived (enzymatically inactive) form of the Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 endonuclease (dCas9), specific genomic regions can be immunoprecipitated using an antibody directed against the tag. By using a catalytically inactive form of the Cas9 endonuclease, double-stranded breaks are not introduced and DNA, RNA and proteins associated with the target sequence can be recovered8-11.
In Active Motif's enChIP Kit, the dCas9 protein is expressed with Active Motif's unique AM-tag sequence, which was specifically designed for use in ChIP. The unstructured AM-tag sequence protrudes from the dCas9 protein for maximum exposure and increased immunoprecipitation efficiency. Following assembly of the gRNA and AM-tagged dCas9 to the chromatin, cells are formaldehyde fixed, lysed and the chromatin is fragmented by sonication. An antibody directed against the AM-tag is used to enrich for genomic sequences bound by the gRNA/dCas9 complex. Following immunoprecipitation, DNA can be analyzed by qPCR or NGS to identify the enriched genomic regions.
Figure 1: Flow Chart of the enChIP protocol.
- van der Oost, J. et al. (2014) Nat. Rev. Microbiol., 12(7): 479-492.
- Cong, L. et al. (2013) Science, 339(6121): 819-823.
- Mali, P. et al. (2013) Science, 339(6121): 823-826.
- Hsu, P. et al. (2014) Cell, 157(6): 1262-1278.
- Doudna, J.A. and Charpentier, E. (2014) Science, 346(6213): 1258096.
- Harrison, M.M. et al. (2014) Genes Dev., 28(17): 1859-1872.
- Fujita, T. and Fujii, H. (2013) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 439(1): 132-136.
- Fujita, T. et al. (2013) Sci. Rep., 3: 3171.
- Fujita, T. and Fujii, H. (2014) PLoS ONE, 97(7): e103084.
- Fujita, T. et al. (2015) PLoS ONE, 10(4): e0123387.
- Fujii, H. and Fujita, T. (2015) Int. J. Mol. Sci., 16(9): 21802-21812.
Identify Chromatin Looping Interactions
enChIP can reveal valuable information about potential chromosome looping interactions. gRNAs are designed to different regions of the same genomic locus. A comparison of the overlapping peak data for the various gRNAs can identify DNA sequences that repeatedly occur. These sequences may represent potential looping interaction. Additional experiments can be designed to target the possible looping site to confirm if the original genomic locus is also enriched.
enChIP ChIP-seq Results
|CTCF gRNA1||CTCF gRNA2||No gRNA|
|Total number of reads||39,114,618||40,036,875||38,208,604|
|Total number of alignments||31,486,919||29,584,781||31,765,380|
|Unique alignments (without duplicate reads)||27,418,487||24,458,100||26,837,038|
Figure 1: ChIP-seq analysis of a CTCF binding site using the enChIP Kit.
For researchers looking to perform genome editing experiments, determining the specificity of the gRNA binding site is critical. If the gRNA target sequence demonstrates off-target binding, then genome editing methods using active Cas9 protein could lead to unwanted downstream effects. Online gRNA design tools use algorithms to try and identify highly specific binding sequences, however, these tools cannot always provide accurate predictions of the in vivo response. By using Active Motif's enChIP Kit, each gRNA sequence can be tested to identify those with the most specific responses for use in genome editing applications.
Figure 2: Determining gRNA target sequence specificity.
Validated to Identify Promoter, Enhancer and Insulator Elements
Successful enChIP relies on the ability of the gRNA to recognize its target sequence and direct the dCas9 protein to bind the DNA. To validate the versatility of the enChIP method, Active Motif designed several gRNAs to target different genomic regions including sequences for insulator, promoter, enhancer and repressive elements. While the ChIP-seq data shows strong enrichment of the insulator, promoter and enhancer elements, the repressive region was almost undetectable. This indicates that the enChIP method is not optimized for repressive regions.
Figure 3: Comparison of enChIP performance to evaluate different genomic loci.
AM-tag design maximizes enChIP enrichment efficiency
Active Motif's unique AM-tag was specifically designed for use in ChIP. The AM-tag has minimal cross-reactivity with mammalian samples, thereby reducing background signal. Another benefit of the AM-tag is that the sequence is unstructured, which allows the tag to protrude from the protein of interest for maximum exposure during the immunoprecipitation for increased enrichment efficiency. The efficiency of the ChIP enrichment is shown with Active Motif's positive control pAM_gRNA_CTCF vector which was transfected into HEK293T cells and immunoprecipitated using the enChIP Kit. qPCR results show highly specific enrichment of the desired CTCF genomic locus.
Figure 4: qPCR analysis of a positive control CTCF binding site using the enChIP Kit.
Contents & Storage
The enChIP® Kit (Catalog No. 53125) includes all the reagents needed to perform 16 chromatin preparation and immunoprecipitation reactions. For cloning, the pAM_gRNA Vector and pAM_dCas9 Vector are available separately. The pAM_gRNA_CTCF Vector and pAM_dCas9_CTCF Vector are also sold separately for use as an experimental control.
Please note that the enChIP Kit is shipped on dry ice and contains reagents with multiple storage temperatures inside. Please store each component at the temperature indicated below. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months from date of receipt when stored properly. Do not re-freeze the Protein G Magnetic Beads after you have received this kit. This kit includes the following components:
- AM-Tag Monoclonal Antibody (1 µg/µl); Store at -20°C
- RNase A (10 µg/µl); Store at -20°C
- Proteinase K (10 µg/µl); Store at -20°C
- Carrier; Store at -20°C
- 10X PBS; Store at -20°C
- 100 mM PMSF; Store at -20°C
- Protease Inhibitor Cocktail (PIC); Store at -20°C
- Precipitation Buffer; Store at -20°C
- Anti-mouse IgG (1 µg/µl); Store at 4°C
- Fixation Buffer; Store at 4°C
- Protein G magnetic beads; Store at 4°C
- TE, pH 8.0; Store at RT
- Detergent; Store at RT
- Stop Solution; Store at RT
- Chromatin Prep Buffer; Store at RT
- ChIP Buffer; Store at RT
- Equilibration Buffer AM2; Store at RT
- Blocking Buffer AM4; Store at RT
- LS Buffer; Store at RT
- Wash Buffer AM1; Store at RT
- LiCl Buffer; Store at RT
- Elution Buffer AM4; Store at RT
- DNA Purification Binding Buffer; Store at RT
- 3 M Sodium Acetate; Store at RT
- DNA Purification Wash Buffer; Store at RT
- DNA Purification Elution Buffer; Store at RT
- DNA Purification Columns; Store at RT
Please note that the pAM_gRNA Vector is shipped at room temperature. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months from date of receipt when stored properly.
- 10 µg pAM_gRNA Vector; Store at -20°C
- 250 pmol M13 Forward primer; Store at -20°C
- 250 pmol M13 Reverse primer; Store at -20°C
Please note that the pAM_dCas9 Vector is shipped at room temperature. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months from date of receipt when stored properly.
- 10 µg pAM_dCas9 Vector; Store at -20°C
- 250 pmol dCas9 Forward primer; Store at -20°C
- 250 pmol dCas9 Reverse primer; Store at -20°C
Please note that the pAM_gRNA_CTCF Vector is shipped at room temperature. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months from date of receipt when stored properly.
- 10 µg pAM_gRNA_CTCF Vector; Store at -20°C
Please note that the pAM_dCas9_CTCF Vector is shipped at room temperature. All reagents are guaranteed stable for 6 months from date of receipt when stored properly.
- 10 µg pAM_dCas9_CTCF Vector; Store at -20°C
For more information about the enChIP technology, please view the webinar Locus-Specific Biochemical Analysis of Genome Functions Using enChIP with CRISPR presented by Dr. Hodaka Fujii.
Several online programs are available to assist with guide RNA design. A few of these programs are listed below for reference. Software instructions may change over time, so please follow the recommendations of the software provider for use.
- CRISPRdirect - http://crispr.dbcls.jp
- Michael Boutros Lab - http://www.e-crisp.org/E-CRISP/designcrispr.html
- Feng Zhang Lab - http://crispr.mit.edu
For researchers interested in lentiviral expression plasmids containing the AM-tag, these are available from Addgene, the nonprofit plasmid repository.
- pLenti_dCas9-2xAM (Plasmid #92220) https://www.addgene.org/92220/
- pLenti_dCas9-2XAM_hIRF-1 (Plasmid #92221) https://www.addgene.org/92221/
For citations using the enChIP technology, please see the publications below:
- “Identification of physical interactions between genomic regions by enChIP-Seq” by Fujita, T., Yuno, M., Suzuki, Y., Sugano, S. and Fujii, H. (2017) Genes Cells doi:10.1111/gtc.12492.
- “Isolation of Specific Genomic Regions and Identification of Their Associated Molecules by Engineered DNA-Binding Molecule-Mediated Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (enChIP) Using the CRISPR System and Tal Proteins” by Hodaka Fujii and Toshitsugu Fujita (2015) Int. J. Mol. Sci 16(9), 21802-21812.
- “Identification of Proteins Associated with an IFNγ-Responsive Promoter by a Retroviral Expression System for enChIP Using CRISPR” by Hodaka Fujii and Toshitsugu Fujita (2014) PLoS ONE 9(7): e103084.