Single-base methylome profiling of the giant kelp Saccharina japonica reveals significant differences in DNA methylation to microalgae and plants

Fan, Xiao, Han, Wentao, Teng, Linhong, Jiang, Peng, Zhang, Xiaowen, Xu, Dong, Li, Chang, Pellegrini, Matteo, Wu, Chunhui, Wang, Yitao, Kaczurowski, Michelle Joyce Slade, Lin, Xin, Tirichine, Leila, Mock, Thomas ORCID: and Ye, Naihao (2020) Single-base methylome profiling of the giant kelp Saccharina japonica reveals significant differences in DNA methylation to microalgae and plants. New Phytologist, 225 (1). pp. 234-249. ISSN 0028-646X

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Brown algae have convergently evolved plant-like body plans and reproductive cycles, which in plants are controlled by differential DNA methylation. This contribution provides the first single-base methylome profiles of haploid gametophytes and diploid sporophytes of a multicellular alga. Although only c. 1.4% of cytosines in Saccharina japonica were methylated mainly at CHH sites and characterized by 5-methylcytosine (5mC), there were significant differences between life-cycle stages. DNA methyltransferase 2 (DNMT2), known to efficiently catalyze tRNA methylation, is assumed to methylate the genome of S. japonica in the structural context of tRNAs as the genome does not encode any other DNA methyltransferases. Circular and long noncoding RNA genes were the most strongly methylated regulatory elements in S. japonica. Differential expression of genes was negatively correlated with DNA methylation with the highest methylation levels measured in both haploid gametophytes. Hypomethylated and highly expressed genes in diploid sporophytes included genes involved in morphogenesis and halogen metabolism. The data herein provide evidence that cytosine methylation, although occurring at a low level, is significantly contributing to the formation of different life-cycle stages, tissue differentiation and metabolism in brown algae.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2019 New Phytologist Trust.
Uncontrolled Keywords: brown alga,bs-pcr,conservation,divergence,dna methylation,dnmt2,dynamic changes,genome reveals,methyltransferase homolog,medip-seq,performance,read alignment,rna,wgbs-seq,brown algae,gene expression,life-cycle stages
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 11:40
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:13
DOI: 10.1111/nph.16125


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