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Trans-generationally inherited piRNAs trigger piRNA biogenesis by changing the chromatin of piRNA clusters and inducing precursor processing [ChIP-seq]

ABSTRACT: Small non-coding RNAs that associate with Piwi proteins, called piRNAs, serve as guides for repression of diverse transposable elements in germ cells of Metazoa. In Drosophila, the genomic regions that give rise to piRNAs, the so-called piRNA clusters, are transcribed to generate long precursor molecules that are processed into mature piRNAs. How genomic regions that give rise to piRNA precursor transcripts are differentiated from the rest of the genome and how these transcripts are specifically channeled into the piRNA biogenesis pathway are not known. We found that trans-generationally inherited piRNAs provide the critical trigger for piRNA production from homologous genomic regions in the next generation by two different mechanisms. First, inherited piRNAs enhance processing of homologous transcripts into mature piRNAs by initiating the ping-pong cycle in the cytoplasm. Second, inherited piRNAs induce installment of the H3K9me3 mark on genomic piRNA cluster sequences. The HP1 homolog Rhino binds to the H3K9me3 mark through its chromodomain and is enriched over piRNA clusters. Rhino recruits the piRNA biogenesis factor Cutoff to piRNA clusters and is required for efficient transcription of piRNA precursors. We propose that trans-generationally inherited piRNAs act as an epigenetic memory for identification of substrates for piRNA biogenesis on two levels, by inducing a permissive chromatin environment for piRNA precursor synthesis and by enhancing processing of these precursors. ChIPseq of Rhino and Cutoff in Drosophila melanogaster ovaries The Rhino-BioTAP flies were made by fusing the BioTAP tag (Alekseyenko et al. 2014 )to the C-terminal region of the Rhino gene under the UASp promoter. The Cutoff-EGFP fly line (Nanos-GAL4/UASp-Cutoff-GFP), Cuff^wm25 and Cuff^qq37 were a generous gift from T. Schupbach.

ORGANISM(S): Drosophila melanogaster  

SUBMITTER: Adrien Le Thomas  

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-59604 | ArrayExpress | 2014-07-26



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