Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 14715286
Anal. Biochem. 2004 Feb;325(1):68-76
We describe a system designed to express biotinylated proteins in mammalian cells in vivo and its application to the study of protein-DNA interactions in vivo by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP). The system is based on coexpression of the target protein fused to a short biotin acceptor domain together with the biotinylating enzyme BirA from Escherichia coli. The superior strength of the biotin-avidin interaction allows one to employ more stringent washing conditions in the ChIP protocol, resulting in a better signal/noise ratio.