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21 July 2017 Cultured bovine embryo biopsy conserves methylation marks from original embryo
Noelia Fonseca Balvís, Soledad Garcia-Martinez, Serafín Pérez-Cerezales, Elena Ivanova, Isabel Gomez-Redondo, Meriem Hamdi, Dimitrios Rizos, Pilar Coy, Gavin Kelsey, Alfonso Gutierrez-Adan
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A major limitation of embryo epigenotyping by chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis is the reduced amount of sample available from an embryo biopsy. We developed an in vitro system to expand trophectoderm cells from an embryo biopsy to overcome this limitation. Thiswork analyzes whether expanded trophectoderm (EX) is representative of the trophectoderm (TE) methylation or adaptation to culture has altered its epigenome. We took a small biopsy from the trophectoderm (30–40 cells) of in vitro produced bovine-hatched blastocysts and cultured it on fibronectin-treated plates until we obtained ∼4 × 104 cells. The rest of the embryo was allowed to recover its spherical shape and, subsequently, TE and inner cellmass were separated. We examined whether there were DNA methylation differences between TE and EX of three bovine embryos using whole-genome bisulfite sequencing. As a consequence of adaptation to culture, global methylation, including transposable elements, was higher in EX, with 5.3% of quantified regions showing significant methylation differences between TE and EX. Analysis of individual embryos indicated that TE methylation ismore similar to its EX counterpart than to TE from other embryos. Interestingly, these similarly methylated regions are enriched in CpG islands, promoters and transcription units near genes involved in biological processes important for embryo development. Our results indicate that EX is representative of the embryo in terms of DNA methylation, thus providing an informative proxy for embryo epigenotyping.

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An in vitro expanded trophectoderm biopsy is representative of embryo trophectoderm in terms of methylation, so is a suitable proxy for bovine embryo epigenotyping.

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Noelia Fonseca Balvís, Soledad Garcia-Martinez, Serafín Pérez-Cerezales, Elena Ivanova, Isabel Gomez-Redondo, Meriem Hamdi, Dimitrios Rizos, Pilar Coy, Gavin Kelsey, and Alfonso Gutierrez-Adan "Cultured bovine embryo biopsy conserves methylation marks from original embryo," Biology of Reproduction 97(2), 189-196, (21 July 2017). https://doi.org/10.1093/biolre/iox077
Received: 6 June 2017; Accepted: 15 July 2017; Published: 21 July 2017
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KEYWORDS
bovine embryo
embryo biopsy
epigenome
epigenotyping
Methylation
Trophectoderm
trophectoderm biopsy
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