QuestionsCategory: ChIP-Seq Data AnalysisSpike-ins: What is a good spike-in sample for ChIP-seq? Staff asked 2 years ago

What is a good spike-in sample for ChIP-seq?

1 Answers Staff answered 2 years ago

A good spike-in sample for ChIP-seq will depend on the protein of interest. If the protein of interest is found in another species like a histone modification, people will often add a controlled amount of sample from that species (usually Drosophila) and IP against the chromatin from both genomes simultaneously. Most importantly the genome of the spike-in sample must be divergent enough from your sample to be able to map most reads uniquely to the two reference genomes. You cannot work with a human sample and add a human spike-in sample. When the antibody of interest is only functional within the species of interest, it is necessary to add both a spike-in sample and a spike-in antibody that will be specific to the spike-in sample.