Contrasting Roles of Transcription Factors Spineless and EcR in the Highly Dynamic Chromatin Landscape of Butterfly Wing Metamorphosis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Development requires highly coordinated changes in chromatin accessibility in order for proper gene regulation to occur. Here, we identify factors associated with major, discrete changes in chromatin accessibility during butterfly wing metamorphosis. By combining mRNA sequencing (mRNA-seq), assay for transposase-accessible chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-seq), and machine learning analysis of motifs, we show that distinct sets of transcription factors are predictive of chromatin opening at different developmental stages. Our data suggest an important role for nuclear hormone receptors early in metamorphosis, whereas PAS-domain transcription factors are strongly associated with later chromatin opening. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) validation of select candidate factors showed spineless binding to be a major predictor of opening chromatin. Surprisingly, binding of ecdysone receptor (EcR), a candidate accessibility factor in Drosophila, was not predictive of opening but instead marked persistent sites. This work characterizes the chromatin dynamics of insect wing metamorphosis, identifies candidate chromatin remodeling factors in insects, and presents a genome assembly of the model butterfly Junonia coenia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • van der Burg, KRL; Lewis, JJ; Martin, A; Nijhout, HF; Danko, CG; Reed, RD

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1027 - 1038.e3

PubMed ID

  • 31018121

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2211-1247

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2211-1247

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.03.092


  • eng