DNA methylation is developmentally regulated for genes essential for cardiogenesis.
Bottom Line: DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mechanism altering gene expression in development and disease.Quantitative real-time PCR analysis of 350 genes with differential DNA methylation showed that the expression of 181 genes is developmentally regulated, and 79 genes have correlative changes between methylation and expression, including hyaluronan synthase 2 (Has2).Required for heart valve formation, Has2 expression in the developing heart valves is downregulated at E14.5, accompanied with increased DNA methylation in its enhancer.
Affiliation: Division of Hematology, Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY (A.A.C., M.L., A.A.M., Y.W., M.S., B.W., J.M.G., D.Z.).Show MeSH
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Mentions: We then catalogued the ACGT sites into genic sites (−50 kb of transcription start sites [TSS] to +0.5 kb of transcription end sites [TES] and intergenic sites) (Figure 2A), with the former further separated into 3 types: promoter proximal sites (−5 kb to +0.5 kb of TSS), gene body sites (+0.5 kb of TSS to TES), and promoter distal or enhancer sites (Figure 2B, top panel), and also determined the distribution of ACGT tag counts across the genome by intersecting the genome‐wide ACGT methylation profiles with several genomic features, including CpG islands, CTCF‐binding sites, RefSeq genes, repetitive elements, and regulatory elements (Figure 2B, bottom panel). The gene annotation, CpG islands, and repeats were downloaded from the UCSC browser. Additionally, lists of regulatory elements for embryonic hearts were obtained from previous studies, including 3596 P300 binding sites identified for E11.5 hearts, 69 073 P300‐marked enhancers, 14 874 CTCF sites, and 45 981 regions with the H3K27ac modification (a histone mark for active enhancer) for E14.5.40–42
Affiliation: Division of Hematology, Department of Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY (A.A.C., M.L., A.A.M., Y.W., M.S., B.W., J.M.G., D.Z.).