Analysis of Cohesin Function in Gene Regulation and Chromatin Organization in Interphase

  • Preksha Gupta
  • Thais Lavagnolli
  • Hegias Mira-Bontenbal
  • Matthias Merkenschlager
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1515)


Cohesin is essential for the maintenance of chromosomes through the cell cycle. In addition, cohesin contributes to the regulation of gene expression and the organization of chromatin in interphase cells. To study cohesin’s role in gene expression and chromatin organization, it is necessary to avoid secondary effects due to disruption of vital cohesin functions in the cell cycle. Here we describe experimental approaches to achieve this and the methods applied to define cohesin’s role in interphase.

Key words

Cohesin Gene expression Conditional knockout Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) Quantitative Western blot Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) Chromosome conformation capture (3C) 



This work was supported by the Medical Reseach Council, UK, the Wellcome Trust, and a Commonwealth Scholarship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Preksha Gupta
    • 1
  • Thais Lavagnolli
    • 1
  • Hegias Mira-Bontenbal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Matthias Merkenschlager
    • 1
  1. 1.Lymphocyte Development Group, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Faculty of MedicineImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Developmental Biology, Erasmus MCUniversity Medical CentreRotterdamThe Netherlands

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