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Isolation and fractionation of CHO chromosomes in aqueous two phase systems using charged polymers and base specific macroligands

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Chromosomes were isolated in a preparative scale by synchronisation of CHO cells with a double Thymidine block followed by an arrest in the metaphase by addition of Colcemid. Under proper cultivation conditions a mitotic index of 77% total cells could be routinely achieved. Bulk chromosome preparations free of nuclei and other subcellular particles have been obtained by low speed centrifugation followed by a 60 transfer countercurrent distribution using aqueous two phase systems composed of polyethylenglycol and dextran. The partition of CHO chromosomes previously purified in aqueous two phase systems were studied further to develop a protocol for the separation and isolation of individual chromosomes. Partition experiments with chromosomes changing the electrostatic phase potential by addition of charged PEG-derivatives suggest the existence of relatively highly charged chromosome groups. Most promising results with regard to separation were obtained using two PEG-derivatives, which interact specifically with the bases in DNA. For this affinity partitioning a GC- and AT-specific macroligand were employed. Comparing CCD's using each of these ligands information on the GC and AT content of exposed DNA in the chromosomes groups could be derived, demonstrating that specific sequences of DNA are accessible at the surface of metaphase chromosomes.

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Klaar, J., Kula, M.R. Isolation and fractionation of CHO chromosomes in aqueous two phase systems using charged polymers and base specific macroligands. Mol Cell Biochem 69, 109–125 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00224758

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  • chromosomes
  • synchronisation
  • CHO cells
  • aqueous two phase systems
  • macroligands