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Muscle-relevant genes marked by stable H3K4me2/3 profiles and enriched MyoD binding during myogenic differentiation

Kerstin Schulz, Tammy Ryan, Marcel Grunert, Vikas Bansal, Sole Gatto, Cornelia Dorn, Lucia Latella, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Huanhuan Cui, Wei Chen, Silke R. Sperling, Alessandra Dall'Agnese, Barbora Malecova

by Huanhuan Cui, Vikas Bansal, Marcel Grunert, Barbora Malecova, Alessandra Dall'Agnese, Lucia Latella, Sole Gatto, Tammy Ryan, Kerstin Schulz, Wei Chen, Cornelia Dorn, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Silke R. Sperling

Post-translational modifications of histones play a key role in the regulation of gene expression during development and differentiation. Numerous studies have shown the dynamics of combinatorial regulation by transcription factors and histone modifications, in the sense that different combinations lead to distinct expression outcomes. Here, we investigated gene regulation by stable enrichment patterns of histone marks H3K4me2 and H3K4me3 in combination with the chromatin binding of the muscle tissue-specific transcription factor MyoD during myogenic differentiation of C2C12 cells. Using k-means clustering, we found that specific combinations of H3K4me2/3 profiles over and towards the gene body impact on gene expression and marks a subset of genes important for muscle development and differentiation. By further analysis, we found that the muscle key regulator MyoD was significantly enriched on this subset of genes and played a repressive role during myogenic differentiation. Among these genes, we identified the pluripotency gene Patz1, which is repressed during myogenic differentiation through direct binding of MyoD to promoter elements. These results point to the importance of integrating histone modifications and MyoD chromatin binding for coordinated gene activation and repression during myogenic differentiation.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179464

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