Pluto Bioinformatics

GSE62967: Constraint and divergence of global gene expression in the mammalian embryo

Bulk RNA sequencing

We profiled genome-wide gene expression of 170 individual mid-gestation (embryonic day 11.5) whole mouse embryos derived from a 2-generation interspecies mouse cross and asked to what extent genetic variation drives four important parameters of regulatory architecture: allele-specific expression (ASE), imprinting, trans-regulatory effects, and maternal effect. The inbred strain C57BL/6J and wild-derived inbred strain CAST/EiJ were used in reciprocal crosses to generate F1 embryos. F1 progeny were backcrossed to C57BL/6J in reciprocal crosses to generate 154 N2 embryos. We employed a backcross design, in which N2 offspring have genotypically distinct parents, to enable comparison of gene expression for offspring from each side of the reciprocal cross. Our findings demonstrate that genetic variation contributes to widespread gene expression differences during mammalian embryogenesis. SOURCE: Cheryl,L,Smith ( - Arend Sidow Stanford University

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