Dynamic Enhancer DNA Methylation as Basis for Transcriptional and Cellular Heterogeneity of ESCs

August 15th, 2019 | Molecular Cell

Variable levels of DNA methylation have been reported at tissue-specific differential methylation regions (DMRs) overlapping enhancers, including super-enhancers (SEs) associated with key cell identity genes, but the mechanisms responsible for this intriguing behavior are not well understood. We used allele-specific reporters at the endogenous Sox2 and Mir290 SEs in embryonic stem cells and found that the allelic DNA methylation state is dynamically switching, resulting in cell-to-cell heterogeneity…

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