Genome-wide atlas of promoter expression reveals contribution of transcribed regulatory elements to genetic control of disuse-mediated atrophy of skeletal muscle

Sergey S. Pintus, Ilya R. Akberdin, Ivan Yevshin, Pavel Makhnovskii, Oksana Tyapkina, Islam Nigmetzyanov, Leniz Nurullin, Ruslan Devyatiyarov, Elena Shagimardanova, Daniil Popov, Fedor A. Kolpakov, Oleg Gusev, Guzel R. Gazizova

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Abstract

The prevention of muscle atrophy carries with it clinical significance for the control of increased morbidity and mortality following physical inactivity. While major transcriptional events associated with muscle atrophy-recovery processes are the subject of active research on the gene level, the contribution of non-coding regulatory elements and alternative promoter usage is a major source for both the production of alternative protein products and new insights into the activity of transcription factors. We used the cap-analysis of gene expression (CAGE) to create a genome-wide atlas of promoter-level transcription in fast (m. EDL) and slow (m. soleus) muscles in rats that were subjected to hindlimb unloading and subsequent recovery. We found that the genetic regulation of the atrophy-recovery cycle in two types of muscle is mediated by different pathways, including a unique set of non-coding transcribed regulatory elements. We showed that the activation of “shadow” enhancers is tightly linked to specific stages of atrophy and recovery dynamics, with the largest number of specific regulatory elements being transcriptionally active in the muscles on the first day of recovery after a week of disuse. The developed comprehensive database of transcription of regulatory elements will further stimulate research on the gene regulation of muscle homeostasis in mammals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number557
JournalBiology
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Atrophy
  • Cis-regulatory elements
  • Disuse
  • Enhancers
  • Promoters
  • Rat
  • RNA transcription
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Transcribed non-coding elements of genome
  • Transcriptomics

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 1.06.CQ BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
  • 4.01 AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, FISHERIES

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