The GLIB technique for genome-wide mapping of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine. Academic Article uri icon


  • 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) is a newly discovered DNA base present at detectable levels in most mammalian cell types and tissues. It is generated by Tet-enzyme-mediated oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC). 5hmC is important both because of its potential role in regulating gene expression and because it may be an intermediate in DNA demethylation. Here we describe a technique termed GLIB (glucosylation, periodate oxidation and biotinylation), which combines several enzymatic and chemical modification steps to attach biotin to 5hmC. Biotin-containing genomic DNA fragments are then enriched using streptavidin beads, eluted and sequenced. GLIB is capable of quantitatively tagging and precipitating fragments containing a single 5hmC molecule. Sample preparation and GLIB can be conducted in 2-3 d.

published proceedings

  • Nat Protoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Pastor, W. A., Huang, Y., Henderson, H. R., Agarwal, S., & Rao, A.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Pastor, William A||Huang, Yun||Henderson, Hope R||Agarwal, Suneet||Rao, Anjana

publication date

  • January 2012