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High throughput sequencing of endogenous small RNAs from AGO pathway mutants


ABSTRACT: High-throughput pyrosequencing of endogenous small RNAs from >95% male enriched populations of alg-3(tm1155);alg-4(ok1041);fog-2(q71) and fog-2(q71) worms as well as purified spermatids from fem-3(q20) adult worms. Gametogenesis is thermosensitive in numerous metazoa ranging from worms to man. In C. elegans a variety of germ-line nuage- (P-granule) -associated RNA-binding proteins including the Piwi-clade Argonaute, PRG-1, have been implicated in temperature-dependent fertility. Here, we describe the role of two AGO-class paralogs, alg-3 (T22B3.2) and alg-4 (ZK757.3) in promoting male fertility at elevated temperatures. A rescuing GFP::alg-3 transgene is localized in P-granules beginning at the late pachytene stage of male gametogenesis. alg-3/4 double mutants lack a subgroup of small RNAs, named 26G-RNAs, which target and appear to down-regulate numerous spermatogenesis-expressed mRNAs. These findings add to a growing number of AGO pathways required for temperature-dependent fertility in C. elegans and support a model in which AGOs and their small RNA co-factors function to promote robustness in gene-expression networks. 3 samples examined. Small RNAs from alg-3(tm1155);alg-4(ok1041);fog-2(q71) males and fog-2(q71) males. Small RNAs from spermatids isolated from ferm-3(q20) worms.

ORGANISM(S): Caenorhabditis elegans  

SUBMITTER: Weifeng Gu   Colin Conine  Craig C Mello 

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-18729 | ArrayExpress | 2010-02-24

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): SRP002056GSE18729PRJNA123835

REPOSITORIES: GEO, ArrayExpress, ENA

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Argonautes ALG-3 and ALG-4 are required for spermatogenesis-specific 26G-RNAs and thermotolerant sperm in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Conine Colin C CC   Batista Pedro J PJ   Gu Weifeng W   Claycomb Julie M JM   Chaves Daniel A DA   Shirayama Masaki M   Mello Craig C CC  

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 20100204 8


Gametogenesis is a thermosensitive process in numerous metazoans, ranging from worms to man. In Caenorhabditis elegans, a variety of RNA-binding proteins that associate with germ-line nuage (P granules), including the Piwi-clade argonaute PRG-1, have been implicated in maintaining fertility at elevated temperature. Here we describe the role of two AGO-class paralogs, alg-3 (T22B3.2) and alg-4 (ZK757.3), in promoting thermotolerant male fertility. A rescuing GFP::alg-3 transgene is localized to P  ...[more]

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