An epigenomic roadmap to induced pluripotency

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dc.description학위논문 (박사)-- 서울대학교 대학원 : 의과학과, 2015. 2. 서정선.-
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: During cellular reprogramming to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), somatic cells rebuild their epigenetic architecture to acquire a steady self-renewing state. The biological significance and mechanisms of this epigenetic remodeling have remained unclear.

Methods: Here we characterize the epigenomic roadmap to pluripotency at base resolution by performing whole genome bisulfite sequencing of samples from secondary reprogramming system. We investigated the changes in differentially methylated regions (DMRs) and integrated this with analysis of histone modifications.
Results: We observed that methylation gain in DMRs occurred gradually during reprogramming. In contrast, methylation loss in DMRs was achieved only at the transition to the ESC-like state. Supporting a prominent role for DNA methylation in reprogramming, DMRs were enriched for transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) and histone mark H3K4me3. Cells exhibited focal DNA demethylation at the binding sites of activated reprogramming factors during high transgene expression leading to a pluripotent ‘F-class’ state. ESC-like pluripotent cells were distinguished by extension of demethylation to the wider neighborhood of these sites. Our data indicated contrasting modes of control for genes with CpG rich promoters, which demonstrated stable low DNA methylation and strong engagement of histone marks H3K4me3 and H3K27me3, and genes with CpG poor promoters whose repression was driven by DNA methylation. Such DNA methylation driven control is key to the expression of several ESC-pluripotency predictor genes, including Dppa4, Dppa5a and Esrrb.

Conclusions: These results reveal the crucial role that DNA methylation plays in the epigenetic switch that drives somatic cells to pluripotency.
dc.description.tableofcontentsAbstract i
Contents ii
List of tables iii
List of figures iv
List of Abbreviations v
Introduction 1
Material and Methods 4
Results 20
Dynamic changes in DNA methylation during reprogramming 20
TFBSs and histone modification are enriched in the DMRs 22
Dynamic changes of TFBS methylation during reprogramming 23
Demethylation leads to precise control of gene expression 25
Discussion 50
References 52
Abstract in Korean 59
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dc.publisher서울대학교 대학원-
dc.subjectinduced pluripotent stem cell-
dc.subjectembryonic stem cell-
dc.subjectDNA methylation-
dc.subjecthistone modification-
dc.subjecttranscription factor binding site-
dc.titleAn epigenomic roadmap to induced pluripotency-
dc.citation.pagesv, 61-
dc.contributor.affiliation의과대학 의과학과-
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College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원)Dept. of Biomedical Sciences (대학원 의과학과)Theses (Ph.D. / Sc.D._의과학과)
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