Sequencing-based large-scale genomics approaches with small numbers of isolated maize meiocytes

Stefanie Dukowic-Schulze, Anitha Sundararajan, Thiruvarangan Ramaraj, Joann Mudge, Changbin Chen

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High-throughput sequencing has become the large-scale approach of choice to study global gene expression and the distribution of specific chromatin marks and features. However, the limited availability of large amounts of purified cells made it very challenging to apply sequencing-based techniques in plant meiosis research in the past. In this paper, we describe a method to isolate meiocytes from maize anthers and detailed protocols to successfully perform RNA-seq, smRNA-seq, H3K4me3-ChIP-seq, and DNA bisulfite conversion sequencing with 5000-30,000 isolated maize male meiotic cells. These methods can be adjusted for other flowering plant species as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number57
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Issue numberFEB
StatePublished - Feb 25 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • ChIP-seq
  • DNA methylation
  • Illumina sequencing
  • Maize
  • Meiocytes
  • Meiosis
  • RNA-seq
  • Small RNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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