In Situ Analysis of DNA Methylation in Plants

  • Palak Kathiria
  • Igor KovalchukEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 631)


Epigenetic changes in the plant genome are associated with differential genome methylation, histone modifications, and the binding of various chromatin-binding factors. Methylation of cytosine residues is one of the most versatile mechanisms of epigenetic regulation. The analysis of DNA methylation can be performed in different ways. However, most of these procedures involve the extraction of chromatin from cells with further isolation and analysis of DNA. Modest success has been achieved in DNA methylation analysis in plant tissues in situ. Here, we present an in situ method for DNA methylation analysis, which has high sensitivity and good reproducibility.

Key words

DNA methylation Epigenetic regulation In situ analysis Immunohistochemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

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