Single-Cell CNV Detection in Human Neuronal Nuclei

Genomic mosaicism is prevalent throughout human somatic tissues and is much more common than previously thought. Here, we describe step-by-step methods to isolate neuronal nuclei from human brain and identify megabase-scale copy number variants (CNVs) in single nuclei. The approach detailed herein includes use of CellRaft technology for single-nucleus isolation, the PicoPLEX approach to whole-genome amplification and library preparation, and a pooled library purification protocol, termed Gel2Gel, which has been developed in our laboratory. These methods are focused toward neuroscience research, but are adaptable to many biomedical fields.