Deep sequencing and de novo assembly of the mouse oocyte transcriptome define the contribution of transcription to the DNA methylation landscape.
ABSTRACT: We have performed deep RNA-Seq and de novo transcriptome assembly at different stages of mouse oogenesis. This revealed thousands of novel non-annotated genes as well as alternative promoters for ~10% of reference genes expressed in oocytes, a large fraction of which coincide with transposable elements of the MaLR and ERVK families. We defined the oocyte DNA methylation landscape as composed of large-scale hyper- and hypo-methylated domains. Correlation with our transcriptome assembly revealed that transcription correlates accurately with DNA methylation and potentially account for ~85-90% of the DNA methylome. RNA-Seq in mouse oocytes at different stages of folliculogenesis
Project description:Oocytes develop the competence for meiosis and early embryogenesis during their growth. Setdb1 is a histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methyltransferase required for post-implantation development and has been implicated in the transcriptional silencing of genes and endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs). To address its role in oogenesis and pre-implantation development, we conditionally deleted Setdb1 in growing oocytes. Loss of Setdb1 expression greatly impaired meiosis. It delayed meiotic resumption, altered the dynamics of chromatin condensation, and impaired kinetochore-spindle interactions, bipolar spindle organization, and chromosome segregation in more mature oocytes. The observed phenotypes related to changes in abundance of specific transcripts in mutant oocytes. Setdb1 maternally deficient embryos arrested during pre-implantation development and showed comparable defects during cell cycle progression and in chromosome segregation. Finally, transcriptional profiling data indicate that Setdb1 down-regulates rather than silences expression of ERVK and ERVL-MaLR retrotransposons and associated chimearic transcripts during oogenesis. Our results identify Setdb1 as a novel meiotic and embryonic competence factor in meiosis and mitosis, safeguarding genome integrity at the onset of life. We performed expression profiling on pools of 16 denuded GV-oocytes isolated per mouse. We used oocytes from 4 Setdb1 f/+; Zp3-cre mice and 2 Setdb1 f/- mice as controls and oocytes from 4 Setdb1 f/-; Zp3-cre mice as mutant.
Project description:The integrity of chromatin, which provides a dynamic template for all DNA related processes in eukaryotes, is maintained through replication dependent and independent assembly pathways. To address the role of replication independent histone deposition, we deleted the histone H3.3 chaperone Hira in developing mouse oocytes. We show that chromatin of non-replicative developing oocytes is highly dynamic, and that lack of continuous H3.3/H4 deposition alters chromatin structure, resulting in increased DNase I sensitivity, the accumulation of DNA damage, and, ultimately, a severe fertility phenotype. On the molecular level, abnormal chromatin structure leads to a dramatic decrease in the dynamic range of gene expression, the appearance of spurious transcripts, and inefficient de novo DNA methylation. In contrast to the only minor transcriptional phenotype observed in mouse pluripotent cells, we unequivocally show the importance of histone replacement and chromatin homeostasis for transcriptional regulation and normal developmental progression in an in vivo context. RNA-Seq on 4 Hiraf/f and 4 Hiraf/f, Gdf9-Cre+ single MII oocytes
Project description:The integrity of chromatin, which provides a dynamic template for all DNA-related processes in eukaryotes, is maintained through replication-dependent and -independent assembly pathways. To address the role of replication-independent histone deposition, we deleted the histone H3.3 chaperone Hira in developing mouse oocytes. We show that chromatin of non-replicative developing oocytes is highly dynamic, and that lack of continuous H3.3/H4 deposition alters chromatin structure, resulting in increased DNase I sensitivity, the accumulation of DNA damage, and, ultimately, a severe fertility phenotype. On the molecular level, abnormal chromatin structure leads to a dramatic decrease in the dynamic range of gene expression, the appearance of spurious transcripts, and inefficient de novo DNA methylation. In contrast to the only minor transcriptional phenotype observed in mouse pluripotent cells, we unequivocally show the importance of histone replacement and chromatin homeostasis for transcriptional regulation and normal developmental progression in an in vivo context. RNA-Seq on 4 Hiraf/f and 4 Hiraf/f, Zp3-Cre single MII oocytes.
Project description:This work describes the molecular mechanisms of meiotic maturation and cell cycle in the starfish Astropecten Aranciacus. The study has been conducted assembling a de-novo transcriptome from the different cellular stages: oocytes, egg, zygote and early embryos. Differential expression analysis followed by rtPCR are used to assess the validity of the assembly.
Project description:We analyzed the functions of BTG family proteins in maternal mRNA degradation in mouse oocytes. By comparing the degradation of transcripts in WT oocytes and KO oocytes, we are able to know the defects in maternal mRNA clearance in BTG4-deleted oocytes, and identified the BTG4 target genes in oocyte cyplasmic maturation. 2 WT oocyte samples at GV stage, 2 WT oocyte samples at MII stage, 2 Btg4-/- oocyte samples at GV stage and 2 Btg4-/- oocyte samples at MII stage?2 WT embryo samples at zygote stage, 2 WT embryo samples at 2-cell stage, 2 Btg4-/- embryo samples at zygote stage and 2 Btg4-/- embryo samples at 2-cell stage , and a WT GV oocyte, a WT MII oocyte, a Erk-/- GV oocyte and a Erk-/- MII oocyte are performed RNA sequencing.
Project description:Chromosome aneuploidy increases in oocytes with maternal age, and is considered the leading cause for the increased incidence of infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects. Using mRNA-Sequencing of oocytes from 12 month old mouse versus 3 month young mouse, we identified a spindle assembly checkpoint gene, BubR1, whose expression was significantly decreased. We employed a mRNA microinjection based approach to increase BubR1 expression in aging oocytes. We find that increased expression of BubR1 protects against aneuploidy and chromosome misalignment in aging oocytes. After in vitro fertilization, the embryos derived from BubR1 increased expression aging oocytes exhibited chromosome stability as robust as those of the young ones. Furthermore, following embryo transfer, these embryos showed greatly improved developmental competency, with comparable levels of full-term development to those of the young ones. These results indicate that the decline in oocyte quality may be reversible and could lead to treatments that prolong female fertility. Examination of the effect of maternal aging on the mRNA expression in the mature oocytes of the female mice. Naturally ovulated mature oocytes (MII stage) were collected from 6 young (3 month) and 6 aging (12 month) female mice (3 oocytes per mice, 18 oocytes for each group).
Project description:We describe DNA-surface interactions in activated C. elegans oocytes that are revealed through the activity of an endogenous nuclease. Our analysis began with an unexpected observation that a majority (>50%) of DNA from C. elegans fer-1 oocytes can be recovered in fragments of ~500 base pairs or shorter, cleaved at regular intervals (10-11nt) along the DNA helix. In some areas of the genome, cleavage patterns in the endoreduplicated oocytes appear consistent from cell-to-cell, indicating coherent rotational positioning of the DNA in chromatin. Particularly striking in this analysis are arrays of sensitive sites with a periodicity of ~10bp that persist for several hundred base pairs of genomic DNA, longer than a single nucleosome core. Genomic regions with a strong bias toward a 10-nt periodic occurrence of A(n)/T(n) (so-called PATC regions) appear to exhibit a high degree of rotational constraint in endo-cleavage phasing, with a strong tendency for the periodic A(n)/T(n) sites to remain on the face of the helix protected from nuclease digestion. Overall, the present analysis provides evidence for an unusual structure in C. elegans oocytes in which genomic DNA and associated protein structures are coherently linked. Examine endocleavage pattern in C. elegans fer-1 oocyte chromatin
Project description:In order to establish an obese mouse model, female mice were continuously fed with a high-fat diet (HFD) or a normal diet (control) for 16 weeks beginning at three weeks of age. In this paper, these mice are termed ‘HFD mice’ and ‘control mice’, respectively. Accordingly, we call their oocytes ‘HFD oocytes’ and ‘control oocytes’. Substantial evidence indicates that the effects of maternal obesity on embryo/offspring development can be attributed to factors within the oocyte (9). To identify such potential effectors, we performed a comparative proteomic analysis of ovulated MII oocytes from control and HFD mice.
Project description:Eukaryotic mRNAs are subject to multiple types of tailing which critically influence mRNA stability and translatability. To investigate RNA tails at the genomic scale, we previously developed TAIL-seq, but its low sensitivity precluded its application to biological materials of minute quantity. In this study, we report a new version of TAILseq (mRNA TAIL-seq or mTAIL-seq) with enhanced sequencing depth for mRNAs (by ~1000 fold compared to the previous version). The improved method allows us to investigate the regulation of poly(A) tail in Drosophila oocytes and embryos. We find that maternal mRNAs are polyadenylated mainly during late oogenesis, prior to fertilization, and that further modulation occurs upon egg activation. Wispy, a noncanonical poly(A) polymerase, adenylates the vast majority of maternal mRNAs with a few intriguing exceptions such as ribosomal protein transcripts. By comparing mTAILseq data with ribosome profiling data, we find a strong coupling between poly(A) tail length and translational efficiency during egg activation. Our data suggest that regulation of poly(A) tail in oocytes shapes the translatomic landscape of embryos, thereby directing the onset of animal development. By virtue of the high sensitivity, low cost, technical robustness, and broad accessibility, mTAIL-seq will be a potent tool to improve our understanding of mRNA tailing in diverse biological systems. Two sets of RNA-seq on 3 developmental stages (immature oocyte, mature oocyte, and activated egg) of wild type and wispy mutant of Drosophila melanogaster.
Project description:Small RNAs, such as miRNAs and siRNAs, are involved in gene regulation in a variety of systems, including mouse oocytes. Dicer is a ribonuclease III enzyme essential for miRNA and siRNA biosynthesis. In an effort to uncover the function of small RNAs during oocyte growth, we specifically deleted Dicer in growing oocytes and analyzed the global pattern of gene expression in these Dicer-deficient oocytes. Germinal vesicle-intact, fully grown oocytes were collected from eCG-primed wild-type or Dicer-deficient female mice and freed of attached cumulus cells by pipetting. Twenty oocytes per mouse were used for RNA extraction and hybridization on the MOE430 v2 Affymetrix microarray platform. Oocytes from four wild-type and four Dicer-knockout mice were analyzed.