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Integrative methylome and transcriptome analysis of Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) skeletal muscle during development

By Jingru Zhang, Shuxian Wu, Yajuan Huang, Haishen Wen, Meizhao Zhang, Jifang Li, Yun Li, Xin Qi, Feng He

Posted 09 Jan 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/516187

DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification in vertebrate and is essential for epigenetic gene regulation in skeletal muscle development. We showed the genome-wide DNA methylation profile in skeletal muscle tissue of larval 7dph (JP1), juvenile 90dph (JP2), adult female 24 months (JP3) and adult male 24 months (JP4) Japanese flounder. The distribution and levels of methylated DNA within genomic features (1stexons, gene body, introns, TSS200, TSS1500 and intergenic) show different developmental landscapes. We also successfully identified differentially methylated regions (DMRs) and different methylated genes (DMGs) through a comparative analysis, indicating that DMR in gene body, intron and intergenic regions were more compared to other regions of all DNA elements. A gene ontology analysis indicated that the DMGs were mainly related to regulation of skeletal muscle fiber development process, Axon guidance, Adherens junction, and some ATPase activity. Methylome and transcriptome clearly revealed a exhibit a negative correlation. And integration analysis revealed a total of 425, 398 and 429 negatively correlated genes with methylation in the JP2_VS_JP1, JP3_VS_JP1 and JP4_VS_JP1 comparison groups, respectively. And these genes were functionally associated with pathways including Adherens junction, Axon guidance, Focal adhesion, cell junctions, Actin cytoskeleton and Wnt signaling pathways. In addition, we validated the MethylRAD results by bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP) in some of the differentially methylated skeletal muscle growth-related genes (Myod1, Six1 and Ctnnb1). In this study, we have generated the genome-wide profile of methylome and transcriptome in Japanese flounder for the first time, and our results bring new insights into the epigenetic regulation of developmental processes in Japanese flounder. This study contributes to the knowledge on epigenetics in vertebrates.

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