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Biogenesis and function of tRNA fragments during sperm maturation and fertilization in mammals (single embryo)

ABSTRACT: Parental dietary conditions can influence the metabolic traits of offspring. In mice, paternal consumption of low protein diet alters cholesterol and lipid metabolism of progeny. Here, we examine RNA species expressed in male reproductive tissues of mice. Protein restriction leads to altered levels of multiple small RNAs in mature sperm, as well as throughout the male reproductive tract, with decreased levels of let-7 family members and increased levels of 5’ fragments of tRNA-Gly isoacceptors. Intriguingly, tRNA fragments are scarce in the testis, but their levels increase in sperm during post-testicular maturation in the epididymis. We find that epididymosomes – extracellular vesicles which fuse with sperm during epididymal transit – exhibit RNA payloads closely matching those of mature sperm, and can deliver tRNA fragments to immature sperm in vitro both in mouse and in bull. Finally, we show that tRNA-Gly-GCC fragments play a role in repressing genes associated with the endogenous retroelement MERVL, both in ES cells and in preimplantation embryos. Our results shed light on small RNA biogenesis during post-testicular sperm maturation, and link tRNA fragments to regulation of endogenous retroelements active in the early embryo. Zygotes were generated by IVF from animals fed a control diet. These embryos were then microinjected with various combinations of small RNAs and control RNA (HIS3.3::GFP). Follwoing injections the zygotes were developed and allowed to develop until 2 cell (2C) or 4 cell (4C) stage when single embryo RNA seq was carried out to study gene expression changes

ORGANISM(S): Mus musculus  

SUBMITTER: Oliver Rando   Upasna Sharma  Ana Boskovic  Colin Conine 

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-75765 | ArrayExpress | 2015-12-31



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Several recent studies link parental environments to phenotypes in subsequent generations. In this work, we investigate the mechanism by which paternal diet affects offspring metabolism. Protein restriction in mice affects small RNA (sRNA) levels in mature sperm, with decreased let-7 levels and increased amounts of 5' fragments of glycine transfer RNAs (tRNAs). In testicular sperm, tRNA fragments are scarce but increase in abundance as sperm mature in the epididymis. Epididymosomes (vesicles tha  ...[more]

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