A General Non‐Radioactive ATPase Assay for Chromatin Remodeling Complexes

Benjamin Z. Stanton1, Courtney Hodges2, Gerald R. Crabtree3, Keji Zhao1

1 Systems Biology Center, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 2 Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, 3 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Maryland
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
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DOI:  10.1002/cpch.16
Online Posting Date:  March, 2017
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Chromatin remodeling complexes couple the energy released from ATP hydrolysis to facilitate transcription, recombination, and repair mechanisms essential for a wide variety of biologic responses. While recombinant expression of the regulatory subunits of these enzymes is possible, measuring catalytic (ATPase) activity of the intact complexes recovered from normal or mutant cells is critical for understanding their mechanisms. SWI/SNF‐like remodeling complexes can be megadaltons in size and include many regulatory subunits, making reconstitution of purified subunits challenging for recapitulating in vivo function. The protocol in this article defines the first highly quantitative ATPase assay for intact remodeling complexes that does not require radiation or reconstitution of recombinantly expressed subunits. This protocol is specifically useful for defining the catalytic role of active‐site mutations in the context of other regulatory subunits and quantitatively rank‐ordering inactivating catalytic‐site mutations. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: chromatin remodeling; epigenetic regulators; ATPase activity; luciferase; catalysis

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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: Introduction: The Need for a Quantitative Highly Reproducible ATPase Assay for Intact Chromatin Remodeling Complexes
  • Reagents and Solutions
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
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Basic Protocol 1: Introduction: The Need for a Quantitative Highly Reproducible ATPase Assay for Intact Chromatin Remodeling Complexes

  • 293T cells (ATCC, cat no. CRL‐11268)
  • Complete DMEM medium (see recipe)
  • DNA encoding desired chromatin remodeler (e.g., Brg [Mut] V5; Brg‐WT; BrgK785R; BrgR801H; available from the authors at )
  • Opti‐MEM medium (ThermoFisher, cat. no. 51985091)
  • 1 mg/ml PEI (see recipe)
  • Buffer A (see recipe)
  • Lysis buffer (see recipe)
  • Anti‐Brg (G7) antibody (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, cat. no. sc‐17796)
  • Protein A Dynabeads (Life Technologies, cat. no. 10001D)
  • Wash buffer (see recipe)
  • 1× ATPase assay reaction buffer (see recipe)
  • ADP‐Glo MAX assay kit (Promega, cat. no. V7001; see recipe for reconstituting components)
  • 10‐cm tissue culture dishes
  • Eppendorf Thermomixer (ThermoFisher, cat. no. 05‐400‐201)
  • End‐over‐end rotator
  • Magnetic stand (e.g., Miltenyi Biotec)
  • Opaque‐bottom non‐treated round‐bottom 96‐well plates (Corning. cat. no. CLS3789‐100EA)
  • EnVision Plate Reader (Perkin Elmer, cat. no. 2104‐0010)
  • Additional reagents and equipment for cell culture, including trypsinization and counting cells (Phelan, ) and immunoprecipitation (Bonifacino and Dell'Angelica, )
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Literature Cited

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