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Keywords:

  • Antibody characterisation;
  • Epigenetics;
  • Histone H3;
  • Peptide bead array;
  • Spot synthesis;
  • Technology

Antibodies that recognize PTMs of histones play a central role in epigenetic proteomic research. Modification-specific antibodies are employed in chromatin immunoprecipitation, for Western blotting and during the immunoprecipitation steps for MS-based global proteomic analyses. Knowledge about the antibodies’ off-target binding is essential for the interpretation of experimental data. To address this challenge we developed a fast and cost efficient system for generating peptide bead arrays. We employed this method to establish a bead-based peptide array containing 384 peptides displaying phosphorylated, acetylated, methylated, and citrullinated N-terminal regions of histones H2A, H2B, H3 and H4 and controls. We profiled the binding of 40 PTM-specific antibodies important for epigenetic proteomic research.