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DNA methylation reprogramming during seed development and its functional relevance in seed size/weight determination in chickpea
Rajkumar M.S., Gupta K., Khemka N.K., , Jain M.
Published in Nature Research
PMID: 32620865
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Seed development is orchestrated via complex gene regulatory networks and pathways. Epigenetic factors may also govern seed development and seed size/weight. Here, we analyzed DNA methylation in a large-seeded chickpea cultivar (JGK 3) during seed development stages. Progressive gain of CHH context DNA methylation in transposable elements (TEs) and higher frequency of small RNAs in hypermethylated TEs during seed development suggested a role of the RNA-dependent DNA methylation pathway. Frequency of intragenic TEs was higher in CHH context differentially methylated region (DMR) associated differentially expressed genes (DEGs). CG context hyper/hypomethylation within the gene body was observed for most of DMR-associated DEGs in JGK 3 as compared to small-seeded chickpea cultivar (Himchana 1). We identified candidate genes involved in seed size/weight determination exhibiting CG context hypermethylation within the gene body and higher expression in JGK 3. This study provides insights into the role of DNA methylation in seed development and seed size/weight determination in chickpea. © 2020, The Author(s).
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