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Proximal methylation features associated with nonrandom changes in gene body methylation

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology (Online Edition), April 2017
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Proximal methylation features associated with nonrandom changes in gene body methylation
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Genome Biology (Online Edition), April 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13059-017-1206-2
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Colette L. Picard, Mary Gehring


Gene body methylation at CG dinucleotides is a widely conserved feature of methylated genomes but remains poorly understood. The Arabidopsis thaliana strain Cvi has depleted gene body methylation relative to the reference strain Col. Here, we leverage this natural epigenetic difference to investigate gene body methylation stability. Recombinant inbred lines derived from Col and Cvi were used to examine the transmission of distinct gene body methylation states. The vast majority of genic CG methylation patterns are faithfully transmitted over nine generations according to parental genotype, with only 1-4% of CGs either losing or gaining methylation relative to the parent. Genic CGs that fail to maintain the parental methylation state are shared among independent lines, suggesting that these are not random occurrences. We use a logistic regression framework to identify features that best predict sites that fail to maintain parental methylation state. Intermediate levels of CG methylation around a dynamic CG site and high methylation variability across many A. thaliana strains at that site are the strongest predictors. These data suggest that the dynamic CGs we identify are not specific to the Col-Cvi recombinant inbred lines but have an epigenetic state that is inherently less stable within the A. thaliana species. Extending this, variably methylated genic CGs in maize and Brachypodium distachyon are also associated with intermediate local CG methylation. These results provide new insights into the features determining the inheritance of gene body methylation and demonstrate that two different methylation equilibria can be maintained within single individuals.

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Unknown 49 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 13 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 24%
Student > Bachelor 8 16%
Student > Master 6 12%
Other 2 4%
Other 5 10%
Unknown 3 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 55%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 2%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 2%
Social Sciences 1 2%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 4 8%

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