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Nelly Olova, Felix Krueger, Simon Andrews, David Oxley, Rebecca V Berrens, Miguel R Branco, Wolf Reik
BACKGROUND: Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) is becoming an increasingly accessible technique, used widely for both fundamental and disease-oriented research. Library preparation methods benefit from a variety of available kits, polymerases and bisulfite conversion protocols. Although some steps in the procedure, such as PCR amplification, are known to introduce biases, a systematic evaluation of biases in WGBS strategies is missing. RESULTS: We perform a comparative analysis of several commonly used pre- and post-bisulfite WGBS library preparation protocols for their performance and quality of sequencing outputs...
March 15, 2018: Genome Biology
Magali Kernaleguen, Christian Daviaud, Yimin Shen, Eric Bonnet, Victor Renault, Jean-François Deleuze, Florence Mauger, Jörg Tost
The analysis of genome-wide epigenomic alterations including DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation has become a subject of intensive research for many biological and disease-associated investigations. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) using next-generation sequencing technologies is currently considered as the gold standard for a comprehensive and quantitative analysis of DNA methylation throughout the genome. However, bisulfite conversion does not allow distinguishing between cytosine methylation and hydroxymethylation requiring an additional chemical or enzymatic step to identify hydroxymethylated cytosines...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tim Stuart, Sam Buckberry, Ryan Lister
DNA methylation is a covalent modification of DNA that plays important roles in processes such as the regulation of gene expression, transcription factor binding, and suppression of transposable elements. The use of whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) enables the genome-wide identification and quantification of DNA methylation patterns at single-base resolution and is the gold standard for analysis of DNA methylation. Computational analysis of WGBS data can be particularly challenging, as many computationally intensive steps are required...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Dulce B Vargas-Landin, Jahnvi Pflüger, Ryan Lister
Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) enables the detection of DNA methylation at single base-pair resolution. The treatment of DNA with sodium bisulfite allows the discrimination of methylated and unmethylated cytosines, but the power of this technology can be limited by the input amounts of DNA and the length of DNA fragments due to DNA damage caused by the desulfonation process. Here, we describe a WGBS library preparation protocol that minimizes the loss and damage of DNA, generating high quality libraries amplified with fewer PCR cycles, and hence data with fewer PCR duplicates, from lower amounts of input material...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Garrett Jenkinson, Jordi Abante, Andrew P Feinberg, John Goutsias
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation is a stable form of epigenetic memory used by cells to control gene expression. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) has emerged as a gold-standard experimental technique for studying DNA methylation by producing high resolution genome-wide methylation profiles. Statistical modeling and analysis is employed to computationally extract and quantify information from these profiles in an effort to identify regions of the genome that demonstrate crucial or aberrant epigenetic behavior...
March 7, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
David E Condon, Phu V Tran, Yu-Chin Lien, Jonathan Schug, Michael K Georgieff, Rebecca A Simmons, Kyoung-Jae Won
BACKGROUND: Identification of differentially methylated regions (DMRs) is the initial step towards the study of DNA methylation-mediated gene regulation. Previous approaches to call DMRs suffer from false prediction, use extreme resources, and/or require library installation and input conversion. RESULTS: We developed a new approach called Defiant to identify DMRs. Employing Weighted Welch Expansion (WWE), Defiant showed superior performance to other predictors in the series of benchmarking tests on artificial and real data...
February 5, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Mahmoud W Yaish, Abbas Al-Lawati, Ibtisam Al-Harrasi, Himanshu Vishwas Patankar
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation has a potential role in controlling gene expression and may, therefore, contribute to salinity adaptation in plants. Caliph medic (Medicago truncatula) is a model legume of moderate salinity tolerance capacity; however, a base-resolution DNA methylome map is not yet available for this plant. RESULTS: In this report, a differential whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) was carried out using DNA samples extracted from root tissues exposed to either control or saline conditions...
January 24, 2018: BMC Genomics
Ibtisam Al-Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
As a salt-adaptive plant, the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) requires a suitable mechanism to adapt to the stress of saline soils. There is growing evidence that DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating gene expression in response to abiotic stresses, including salinity. Thus, the present study sought to examine the differential methylation status that occurs in the date palm genome when plants are exposed to salinity, and to identify salinity responsive genes that are regulated by DNA methylation...
2018: PloS One
Yu Zhang, C Jake Harris, Qikun Liu, Wanlu Liu, Israel Ausin, Yanping Long, Lidan Xiao, Li Feng, Xu Chen, Yubin Xie, Xinyuan Chen, Lingyu Zhan, Suhua Feng, Jingyi Jessica Li, Haifeng Wang, Jixian Zhai, Steven E Jacobsen
Genome-wide characterization by next-generation sequencing has greatly improved our understanding of the landscape of epigenetic modifications. Since 2008, whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) has become the gold standard for DNA methylation analysis, and a tremendous amount of WGBS data has been generated by the research community. However, the systematic comparison of DNA methylation profiles to identify regulatory mechanisms has yet to be fully explored. Here we reprocessed the raw data of over 500 publicly available Arabidopsis WGBS libraries from various mutant backgrounds, tissue types, and stress treatments and also filtered them based on sequencing depth and efficiency of bisulfite conversion...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Dustin R Masser, Niran Hadad, Hunter Porter, Michael B Stout, Archana Unnikrishnan, David R Stanford, Willard M Freeman
As geroscience research extends into the role of epigenetics in aging and age-related disease, researchers are being confronted with unfamiliar molecular techniques and data analysis methods that can be difficult to integrate into their work. In this review, we focus on the analysis of DNA modifications, namely cytosine methylation and hydroxymethylation, through next-generation sequencing methods. While older techniques for modification analysis performed relative quantitation across regions of the genome or examined average genome levels, these analyses lack the desired specificity, rigor, and genomic coverage to firmly establish the nature of genomic methylation patterns and their response to aging...
January 11, 2018: GeroScience
Weiwei Chen, Zhiming Yu, Junhua Kong, Hui Wang, Yichen Li, Mei Zhao, Xiaohong Wang, Qianqian Zheng, Nongnong Shi, Pengcheng Zhang, Silin Zhong, Paul Hunter, Mahmut Tör, Yiguo Hong
Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) allows single-base resolution and genome-wide profiling of DNA methylation in plants and animals. This technology provides a powerful tool to identify genes that are potentially controlled by dynamic changes of DNA methylation and demethylation. However, naturally occurring epimutants are rare and genes under epigenetic regulation as well as their biological relevances are often difficult to define. In tomato, fruit development and ripening are a complex process that involves epigenetic control...
December 27, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
Jennifer Wendt, Heidi Rosenbaum, Todd A Richmond, Jeffrey A Jeddeloh, Daniel L Burgess
Cytosine methylation has been shown to have a role in a host of biological processes. In mammalian biology these include stem cell differentiation, embryonic development, genomic imprinting, inflammation, and silencing of transposable elements. Given the central importance of these processes, it is not surprising to find aberrant cytosine methylation patterns associated with many disorders in humans, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disease. While whole genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) has recently become feasible, generating high sequence coverage data for the entire genome is expensive, both in terms of money and analysis time, when generally only a small subset of the genome is of interest to most researchers...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xiaoyun Xing, Bo Zhang, Daofeng Li, Ting Wang
Understanding the role of DNA methylation often requires accurate assessment and comparison of these modifications in a genome-wide fashion. Sequencing-based DNA methylation profiling provides an unprecedented opportunity to map and compare complete DNA CpG methylomes. These include whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS), Reduced-Representation Bisulfite-Sequencing (RRBS), and enrichment-based methods such as MeDIP-seq, MBD-seq, and MRE-seq. An investigator needs a method that is flexible with the quantity of input DNA, provides the appropriate balance among genomic CpG coverage, resolution, quantitative accuracy, and cost, and comes with robust bioinformatics software for analyzing the data...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Fumihito Miura, Takashi Ito
Post-bisulfite adaptor tagging (PBAT) is a highly efficient procedure to construct libraries for whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS). PBAT attaches adaptors to bisulfite-converted genomic DNA to circumvent bisulfite-induced degradation of library DNA inherent to conventional WGBS protocols. Consequently, it enables PCR-free WGBS from nanogram quantities of mammalian DNA, thereby serving as an invaluable tool for methylomics.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Dieter Weichenhan, Qi Wang, Andrew Adey, Stephan Wolf, Jay Shendure, Roland Eils, Christoph Plass
Aberrations of the DNA methylome contribute to onset and progression of diseases. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) is the only analytical method covering the complete methylome. Alternative methods requiring less DNA than WGBS analyze only a minor portion of the methylome and do not cover important regulatory features like enhancers and noncoding RNAs. In tagmentation-based WGBS (TWGBS), several DNA and time-consuming steps of the conventional WGBS library preparation are circumvented by the use of a hyperactive transposase, which simultaneously fragments DNA and appends sequencing adapters...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Christian Daviaud, Victor Renault, Florence Mauger, Jean-François Deleuze, Jörg Tost
The analysis of genome-wide epigenomic alterations including DNA methylation has become a subject of intensive research for many complex diseases. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) using next-generation sequencing technologies can be considered the gold standard for a comprehensive and quantitative analysis of cytosine methylation throughout the genome. Several approaches including tagmentation- and post bisulfite adaptor tagging (PBAT)-based WGBS have been devised. Here, we provide a detailed protocol based on a commercial kit for the preparation of libraries for WGBS from limited amounts of input DNA (50-100 ng) using the classical approach of WGBS by ligation of methylated adaptors to the fragmented DNA prior to bisulfite conversion...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ruben Boers, Joachim Boers, Bas de Hoon, Christel Kockx, Zeliha Ozgur, Anco Molijn, Wilfred van IJcken, Joop Laven, Joost Gribnau
DNA methylation is a well-known epigenetic modification that plays a crucial role in gene regulation, but genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation remains technically challenging and costly. DNA methylation-dependent restriction enzymes can be used to restrict CpG methylation analysis to methylated regions of the genome only, which significantly reduces the required sequencing depth and simplifies subsequent bioinformatics analysis. Unfortunately, this approach has been hampered by complete digestion of DNA in CpG methylation-dense regions, resulting in fragments that are too small for accurate mapping...
January 2018: Genome Research
Jiabin Wang, Zhiying Li, Ming Lei, Yunliu Fu, Jiaju Zhao, Mengfei Ao, Li Xu
Ethylene has long been used to promote flowering in pineapple production. Ethylene-induced flowering is dose dependent, with a critical threshold level of ethylene response factors needed to trigger flowering. The mechanism of ethylene-induced flowering is still unclear. Here, we integrated isoform sequencing (iso-seq), Illumina short-reads sequencing and whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) to explore the early changes of transcriptomic and DNA methylation in pineapple following high-concentration ethylene (HE) and low-concentration ethylene (LE) treatment...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
You Li, Li-Zhen Zhang, Yao Yi, Wan-Wan Hu, Ya-Hui Guo, Zhi-Jiang Zeng, Zachary-Y Huang, Zi-Long Wang
The honeybee is a model organism for studying learning and memory formation and its underlying molecular mechanisms. While DNA methylation is well studied in caste differentiation, its role in learning and memory is not clear in honeybees. Here, we analyzed genome-wide DNA methylation changes during olfactory learning and memory process in A. mellifera using whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) method. A total of 853 significantly differentially methylated regions (DMRs) and 963 differentially methylated genes (DMGs) were identified...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Guohua Wang, Ximei Luo, Jianan Wang, Jun Wan, Shuli Xia, Heng Zhu, Jiang Qian, Yadong Wang
Understanding the molecular principles governing interactions between transcription factors (TFs) and DNA targets is one of the main subjects for transcriptional regulation. Recently, emerging evidence demonstrated that some TFs could bind to DNA motifs containing highly methylated CpGs both in vitro and in vivo. Identification of such TFs and elucidation of their physiological roles now become an important stepping-stone toward understanding the mechanisms underlying the methylation-mediated biological processes, which have crucial implications for human disease and disease development...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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