TAM-ChIP anti-mouse conjugate

by Active Motif
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Active Motif's TAM-ChIP* technology is a robust chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) method that combines the antibody-directed protein targeting of ChIP and Next-generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation into one step. TAM-ChIP utilizes the specificity of a ChIP-seq validated antibody to target histone or transcription factor binding sites and a TAM-ChIP anti-species antibody conjugate in combination with a unique TsTn5 transposase to deliver barcoded adapter sequences directly into the chromatin surrounding the binding site. These adapter sequences are necessary for library amplification and sequencing using Illumina® platforms. By incorporating the library preparation into the ChIP reaction, you avoid sample loss commonly associated with the multiple end-repair and ligation steps of traditional library preparation methods.

    *Patent pending

TAM-ChIP™ Highlights

  • Tagmentation of the DNA using the TsTn5 transposase aids in chromatin fragmentation and provides higher resolution of protein binding sites
  • Avoid sample loss common with traditional library preparation steps
  • Highly robust procedure has been validated to profile both histone and transcription factor DNA binding sites
  • Unique molecular identifiers (UMIs) enable distinction of PCR duplicates from biological replicates during bioinformatic analysis to increase the number of unique alignments 3-fold
  • Multiplex up to 16 samples on the same sequencing flow cell


Video demonstrating the TAM-ChIP technology.


To perform TAM-ChIP you will need a ChIP-validated antibody and the appropriate anti-species TAM-ChIP conjugate. Validated TAM-ChIP Assay Reagents are also available. To learn more about TAM-ChIP, please select the Method or Data tabs below. To download a copy of the manual or the data sheets, please select the Documents tab.

Name Format Cat No. Price  
TAM-ChIP anti-rabbit conjugate 16 rxns 53126 $945 Buy Now
TAM-ChIP anti-mouse conjugate 16 rxns 53127 $945 Buy Now
TAM-ChIP Assay Reagents 16 rxns 53128 $520 Buy Now

How does TAM-ChIP work?

TAM-ChIP is designed to perform antibody-directed genomic targeting and NGS library preparation at once. First, intact cells are fixed with formaldehyde which cross-links and preserves protein/DNA interactions. DNA is then sheared into small fragments using sonication and incubated with an antibody directed against the DNA-binding protein of interest. Then, a species-specific TAM-ChIP antibody conjugate containing Illumina-compatible sequencing adapters is added to bind the ChIP antibody. Activation of the unique TsTn5 transposase cuts the nearby DNA surrounding the genomic region of interest and pastes the antibody-associated adapters into the DNA sequence. The antibody-bound protein/DNA complexes are immunoprecipitated through the use of Protein G agarose beads and washed to remove non-specific DNA. Following immunoprecipitation, cross-links are reversed, the proteins are removed by Proteinase K, and the DNA is recovered and purified. ChIP enriched DNA is now ready for library amplification and sequencing.

TAM-ChIP combines antibody directed protein targeting and library generation

By combining the next-generation library preparation within the ChIP reaction, TAM-ChIP minimizes sample loss. Traditional methods to prepare ChIP-Seq libraries involve a series of processing steps to end repair the DNA and ligate sequencing adapters. This multi-step process can often lead to significant loss of sample material. Another advantage of TAM-ChIP is the inclusion of random barcodes in the adapter sequences. This enables distinction of PCR duplicates from biological replicates during bioinformatic analysis to increase the number of unique alignments.


The TAM-ChIP Flowchart

TAM-ChIP is a multi-step process that involves assembling the unique TsTn5 transposase to the secondary antibody conjugate and an oligonucleotide, prior to immunoprecipitation (A). The TAM-ChIP anti-species antibody conjugate contains a single-stranded oligonucleotide comprised of the i5 antibody index for Next-generation sequencing. Each anti-species antibody has its own i5 index to enable multiplexing of both the anti-rabbit and anti-mouse TAM-ChIP conjugates within the same sequencing reaction. When the antibody conjugate is combined with a single-stranded pMENTS oligonucleotide, the complementary sequences anneal to create a double-stranded recognition sequence for the TsTn5 transposase to assemble. This process loads the inactivated transposase onto the antibody conjugate. At the same time, a single stranded oligonucleotide is also annealed to pMENTS and loaded with inactivated transposase.

During immunoprecipitation (B), the ChIP-validated antibody of interest is combined with sonicated chromatin and incubated overnight. The next day, the assembled TAM-ChIP antibody conjugate is added to the immunoprecipitation reaction. Following a one hour incubation, protein G agarose beads are added to capture the chromatin fragments of interest. Each ChIP reaction is then loaded onto a ChIP filtration column and the oligonucleotide assembled with transposase is added to the column. The TsTn5 transposase is then activated to insert the i5 antibody index and oligonucleotide sequence into the genomic region surrounding the protein of interest. Following washing, elution, Proteinase K treatment, reversal of cross-links and DNA purification, the ChIP library is ready for amplification.

The TAM-ChIP Library is amplified by PCR prior to sequencing (C). During PCR, the second strand of the DNA template is extended. Then, the i7 TAM-ChIP Index which contains the 3 bp sample barcode and 8 bp random molecular identifier (MID) for PCR de-duplication is incorporated into the template. Additional PCR cycles amplify the entire template using the amplification primer mix. Libraries are size-selected and sequenced using Illumina® platforms.


Overview of the TAM-ChIP workflow

Robust and Reproducible Data

Active Motif's TAM-ChIP Assay Reagents were used to perform TAM-ChIP with 10 µg chromatin from MCF-7 cells. Antibodies to target insulator protein CTCF (4 µg) and Histone H3K4me3 (4 µg) were used in combination with 4 µg TAM-ChIP anti-rabbit conjugate. Libraries were PCR amplified and sequenced using the Illumina NextSeq 500. ChIP-Seq peaks were compared to ENCODE data sets available on the UCSC genome browser. Results show reproducibility between replicates and peaks that are consistent with published data sets.

TAM-ChIP data for CTCF and Histone H3K4me3.
Figure 1: TAM-ChIP sequencing peaks for CTCF and histone H3K4me3 compared to ENCODE data sets.


TAM-ChIP validated antibodies

Other factors that will influence the success of TAM-ChIP include the abundance of target protein and the quality of the ChIP-Seq antibody. Below are some validated antibodies from Active Motif for use with TAM-ChIP.

Protein Target Active Motif Catalog Number Cell Type Tested
H3K4me3 39915 MCF-7
H3K9ac 39917 MCF-7
H3K27ac 39685 MCF-7
CTCF 61311 MCF-7
RNA pol II 39097 MCF-7
Table 1: Table of Active Motif's TAM-ChIP validated antibodies. Table 1: Table of Active Motif's TAM-ChIP validated antibodies. Table 1: Table of Active Motif's TAM-ChIP validated antibodies.


TAM-ChIP provides higher resolution of protein-DNA binding sites

Similar to traditional ChIP-seq, TAM-ChIP utilizes chromatin fragmented by sonication in the immunoprecipiation reaction. However, unlike traditional ChIP-Seq, TAM-ChIP's TsTn5 transposase cuts the nearby DNA surrounding the genomic region of interest and pastes the antibody associated barcoded adapters into the DNA sequence. This transposase tagmentation further reduces the size of the DNA fragments for ChIP, thereby improving the resolution of the protein-DNA binding site.

TAM-ChIP improves the resolution of protein binding sites


Fragment Length (nt) 250 125
Peak Width (nt) 1245 170
Table 2: TAM-ChIP results in reduced ChIP DNA fragment length for improved binding site resolution.

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