Genome-wide kinetic properties of transcriptional bursting in mouse embryonic stem cells

Hiroshi Ochiai, Tetsutaro Hayashi, Mana Umeda, Mika Yoshimura, Akihito Harada, Yukiko Shimizu, Kenta Nakano, Noriko Saitoh, Zhe Liu, Takashi Yamamoto, Tadashi Okamura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hiroshi Kimura, Itoshi Nikaido

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    Abstract

    Transcriptional bursting is the stochastic activation and inactivation of promoters, contributing to cell-to-cell heterogeneity in gene expression. However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of transcriptional bursting kinetics (burst size and frequency) in mammalian cells remains elusive. In this study, we performed single-cell RNA sequencing to analyze the intrinsic noise and mRNA levels for elucidating the transcriptional bursting kinetics in mouse embryonic stem cells. Informatics analyses and functional assays revealed that transcriptional bursting kinetics was regulated by a combination of promoter- and gene body-binding proteins, including the polycomb repressive complex 2 and transcription elongation factors. Furthermore, large-scale CRISPR-Cas9-based screening identified that the Akt/MAPK signaling pathway regulated bursting kinetics by modulating transcription elongation efficiency. These results uncovered the key molecular mechanisms underlying transcriptional bursting and cell-to-cell gene expression noise in mammalian cells.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbereaaz6699
    JournalScience Advances
    Volume6
    Issue number25
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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