• The inactive X chromosome in the human female is enriched in 5-methylcytosine to an unusual degree and appears to contain more of this modified nucleotide than the remainder of the genome

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      5-methylcytosine; X inactivation; human X chromosome; methylation; photoacoustic spectroscopy

    • Abstract


      By employing a procedure that combines ELISA and photoacoustic spectroscopy, we have examined the content of 5-methylcytosine (m5C) in DNA of individuals who differed from one another in the number of X chromosomes in their genomes. The results show that the human inactive X chromosome (Xi) contains very high amounts of this modified nucleotide. We estimate that in the 46, XX female there is more m5C in Xi (∼ 3.6 x 107) than in all the remaining chromosomes put together (∼2.1 x 107). Our results also suggest that nearly one-fifth of all cytosines in Xi are methylated and that, in addition to CpG methylation, there is extensive non-CpG methylation as well.

    • Author Affiliations


      Deepti D. Deobagkar1 2 H. Sharat Chandra2 3

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Pune, Pune - 411 007, India
      2. Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012, India
      3. Centre for Human Genetics, G-04, ITPL, Whitefield, Bangalore - 560 066, India
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