Product Overview: DNA methylation is a covalent modification of the cytosine ring at the 5′ position, resulting in 5-methylcytosine (5-mC). In somatic cells, 5-mC is found almost exclusively in the context of paired symmetrical methylation of the dinucleotide CpG. The biological important of 5-mC as a major epigenetic modification in phenotype and gene expression has been recognized widely. Quite recently, a novel modified nucleotide, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC), has been detected to be abundant in mouse brain and embryonic stem cells. It is a hydroxylated and methylated form of cytosine. Although it is still uncertain its specific role in epigenetics, it is believed it plays a role in DNA demethylation, chromatin remodeling and gene expression regulation.
EpiSeeker hydroxymethylated DNA Immunoprecipitation (hMeDIP) Kit (ab117134) enables the user to enrich hydroxymethated DNA using an antibody specific to hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC) to immunoprecipitate hydroxymethylated genomic DNA hMeDIP. The enriched hydroxymethylated fractions can be used in various downstream applications including PCR (hMeDIP-PCR) and microarrays (hMeDIP-chip) for investigating gene-specific hydroxymethylation in cells or tissues.View EpiSeeker hydroxymethylated DNA Immunoprecipitation (hMeDIP) Kit on Abcam’s website