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Deep sequencing analysis of the developing mouse brain reveals a novel microRNA
© Ling et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
- Received: 17 September 2010
- Accepted: 5 April 2011
- Published: 5 April 2011
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that can exert multilevel inhibition/repression at a post-transcriptional or protein synthesis level during disease or development. Characterisation of miRNAs in adult mammalian brains by deep sequencing has been reported previously. However, to date, no small RNA profiling of the developing brain has been undertaken using this method. We have performed deep sequencing and small RNA analysis of a developing (E15.5) mouse brain.
We identified the expression of 294 known miRNAs in the E15.5 developing mouse brain, which were mostly represented by let-7 family and other brain-specific miRNAs such as miR-9 and miR-124. We also discovered 4 putative 22-23 nt miRNAs: mm_br_e15_1181, mm_br_e15_279920, mm_br_e15_96719 and mm_br_e15_294354 each with a 70-76 nt predicted pre-miRNA. We validated the 4 putative miRNAs and further characterised one of them, mm_br_e15_1181, throughout embryogenesis. Mm_br_e15_1181 biogenesis was Dicer1-dependent and was expressed in E3.5 blastocysts and E7 whole embryos. Embryo-wide expression patterns were observed at E9.5 and E11.5 followed by a near complete loss of expression by E13.5, with expression restricted to a specialised layer of cells within the developing and early postnatal brain. Mm_br_e15_1181 was upregulated during neurodifferentiation of P19 teratocarcinoma cells. This novel miRNA has been identified as miR-3099.
We have generated and analysed the first deep sequencing dataset of small RNA sequences of the developing mouse brain. The analysis revealed a novel miRNA, miR-3099, with potential regulatory effects on early embryogenesis, and involvement in neuronal cell differentiation/function in the brain during late embryonic and early neonatal development.
- Develop Mouse Brain
- Stem Loop Primer
- Putative miRNAs
- Deep Sequencing Analysis
- Dicer1 Activity
A class of small non-coding RNA (19-25 nt in length) known as microRNA (miRNA) [1–3] can exert multilevel inhibition/repression processes during post-transcriptional or protein synthesis stages [4, 5]. miRNAs are transcribed in the nucleus into long polyadenylated RNAs known as primary (pri)-miRNAs that contain ~60-90 nt secondary hairpin structures termed precursor (pre)-miRNAs. The RNase III enzymes Rnasen and Dgcr8 then excise the pre-miRNA from the pri-miRNA [1, 6–9]. The pre-miRNA hairpin is transported into the cytoplasm via the nuclear transport receptor, Xpo5, and further processed by another RNase III enzyme, Dicer, into a small RNA duplex containing the functional mature miRNA and a passenger strand known as miRNA star [9–11]. The majority of the miRNA star are non-functional and are rapidly degraded, but a small proportion have conserved seed regions, potentially with regulatory roles . The mature miRNA forms a component of the RNA-induced silencing complexes (miRISC) and guides these complexes to mRNA targets via sequence-specific pairing between the miRNA seed sequence (the first 7 nt of the miRNA starting from position 2) and the mRNA. Typically, miRNAs guide the RISC complex to the target mRNA 3' UTR, but incidences where 5' UTR and coding-sequences were targeted have been reported [13–15]. In mammals, miRISC normally effects translational repression and, depending on the degree of miRNA:mRNA sequence complementation, can direct mRNA degradation [5, 16]. Another intriguing regulatory role of miRNAs is the silencing of gene transcription which has been observed in plants , but has not yet been reported in the mammalian system.
Mammalian brain development requires meticulous spatio-temporal regulation of gene/protein expression, from the transcription of DNA within the nucleus to translation of mRNA in the cytoplasm [18, 19]. At embryonic day 15.5 (E15.5), the mouse brain undergoes rapid cellular and anatomical changes involving neuronal migration in the cerebral cortex, proliferation of neural progenitor/stem cells at germinative zones, gliogenesis, axonogenesis and rostro-lateral to caudo-medial structure patterning [20–22]. MiRNAs play crucial roles during brain development and function. MiR-134, for example, is localised to the synapto-dendritic compartment of rat hippocampal neurones and has been linked to synaptic development, maturation and plasticity . MiR-9 regulates the patterning activities and neurogenesis at the midbrain-hindbrain boundary in zebrafish  and miR-124 triggers brain-specific alternative pre-mRNA splicing leading to neuronal differentiation in the mouse . MiRNAs are also associated with neurological disorders such as schizophrenia  and Huntington's disease . To date, there are only 672 mature miRNAs in the mouse genome and 1048 in the human genome (miRBase release 16.0, September 2010)  in the mouse and human genomes, respectively. These figures are likely to be a gross underestimate of the actual number of miRNAs expressed. Most miRNAs are short lived, expressed in low abundance and found in specialised cell types during a specific developmental stage, and are therefore likely to remain uncharacterised due to technical limitations or the biological complexity of the tissues and cells of interest.
The emergence of next-generation sequencing technologies based on the massively parallel sequencing (MPS) concept has revolutionised the field of genomics and transcriptomics [29, 30]. High-throughput generation of sequences from DNA or RNA has enabled the discovery of rare transcripts, such as alternatively spliced or fusion transcripts, as well as transcripts with low abundance [31, 32]. Many next-generation sequencing datasets for small RNAs have been generated from the adult rodent and human brains [33–38]. However, to date, no small RNA profiling of the developing rodent or human brain has been performed using these methods. In this study, we performed deep sequencing of small RNAs prepared from an E15.5 mouse brain. In silico and laboratory based analyses led us to the discovery of 4 putative miRNAs; mm_br_e15_1181, mm_br_e15_279920, mm_br_e15_96719 and mm_br_e15_294354. Of these, mm_br_e15_1181 is novel and potentially involved in mouse embryogenesis, and brain development and function. This novel miRNA has been identified as miR-3099.
High-throughput sequencing and annotation of small RNA sequences
Of the legitimate unique tags, 59,710 (6.5% or 245,722 sequence reads) belonged to the 26-29 nt category, whereas 131,383 unique tags (61.5% or 2,314,244 sequence reads) of 20-25 nt were discovered, and therefore formed the majority of the small RNAs found in the cDNA library (Figure 1B). A total of 48,902 unique tags (3.8% or 141,783 sequence reads) were classified into the 16-19 nt category and 26,884 unique tags (10.3% or 388,224 sequence reads) of 16 nt or shorter were generated from either a pool of very small RNAs with unknown function or random RNA degradation by-products. The recent identification of tiny RNAs (~17-18 nt) shows that these small RNAs are associated with transcription initiation and splice sites specific to metazoans [40, 41] suggesting that these tiny RNAs could be functional and represent another level of regulation during gene transcription in the nucleus.
Bowtie analyses, allowing only perfect matches, were performed on both the 5' and 3' end of each of the unique tags resulting in 339,201 tags (42% or 1,579,209 sequence reads) not finding a match in the mouse genome. This large proportion of unmatched unique tags included adaptors and low quality tags with errors in sequencing/base-calling. In exceptional circumstances, these unique tags could be derived from intron/exon or exon/exon boundaries, fusion transcripts or uncharacterised genomic regions. These unique tags with their corresponding sequence reads were not included for further analysis. The number of unmatched sequences varies from one study to another. Morin and colleagues reported 29-35% of their total sequence reads generated from human embryonic stem cells and embryoid bodies small RNA libraries either consisted of errors or were not perfectly matched to the human genome . In a different study, deep sequencing of small RNA libraries generated from cold-treated and untreated Brachypodium monocot plants resulted in only 49-54% of total sequence reads matching perfectly to the genome . These studies suggested that a large proportion of the total sequence reads produced by deep sequencing are discarded from further analysis due to the quality of the sequence reads and stringency imposed during sequence alignment.
Annotation of unique tags
Annotation of unique tags
22 nt of
22 nt of
2 and 3
'Infrastructure' non-coding RNAs
2 and 3
miRNAs, miRNA stars and pre-miRNAs
5 and 6
Redundant mouse ESTs
7 and 8
Unique locus in the genome without annotation
9 and 10
Multiple loci in the genome without annotation
11 and 12
The most abundantly expressed known miRNAs
Top 10% of the most abundantly expressed known miRNAs
Other miRNAs or miRNA families that were abundantly expressed in the E15.5 developing mouse brain include miR-124 (3,958 CPM), which promotes and regulates neuronal differentiation  and miR-9 (47,981 CPM), which has a role in the patterning activities and neurogenesis of the central nervous system . MiR-128 (7,303 CPM) was highly expressed in our dataset and the finding is in agreement with a previous study . Down-regulation of miR-128 expression has been associated with glioblastoma multiforme  whereas its up-regulation has been implicated with reduced neuroblastoma cell motility, invasiveness and cell growth . In addition, both miR-128 and miR-9 are highly expressed in the foetal hippocampus and differentially regulated in the normal adult hippocampus as well as the hippocampus of Alzheimer's disease sufferers . MiR-125 (5,811 CPM) and miR-99 (12,280 CPM) were also expressed highly in the developing mouse brain. Together with let-7c, both miR-125 and miR-99 are over-expressed by at least 50% in the foetal hippocampus of individuals with Down syndrome compared to age and sex matched controls suggesting that miRNAs are playing an important role in this brain region, which is pertinent for learning and long-term memory formation . Interestingly, the miR-103-2 (16,537 CPM), miR-107 (2,068 CPM), miR-181 (6,627 CPM) and miR-30 (5,740 CPM) families have not previously been associated with the development of the brain, but were found to be highly expressed in our dataset. Both miR-103 and miR-107 are paralogous miRNAs and have been associated with lipid metabolism . MiR-181 plays a crucial role in modulating haematopoietic lineage differentiation  whereas miR-30 has been strongly implicated with kidney development and nephropathies .
The identification of brain-related miRNAs by our deep sequencing analysis shows that the dataset is reliable not only for characterising expression profiles of known miRNAs but also for discovery of novel miRNAs. Further investigation of these miRNAs may shed light on their regulatory roles in various molecular pathways underlying the development of the embryonic brain.
Screening and validation of putative miRNAs and pre-miRNAs
Mm_br_e15_1181 was matched to the second intron of the ubiquitin specific peptidase 29 (Usp29) gene. Mm_br_e15_279920 was matched to a single locus within the mouse genome without any annotations, whereas both mm_br_e15_96719 and mm_br_e15_294354 miRNAs were matched to two different introns of the same EST, BU505171. We performed a small RNA northern analysis on the E15.5 whole brain small RNAs to validate all the 4 predictions. We also included mm_br_e15_276138, mm_br_e15_331608, mm_br_e15_255873 and mm_br_e15_363469 in our northern analysis to serve as negative controls. The analysis confirmed all 4 predictions at the mature miRNA level for mm_br_e15_1181, mm_br_e15_96719 and mm_br_e15_294354, and at the pre-miRNA level for mm_br_e15_1181 and mm_br_e15_279920 (Figure 2C). As expected, the northern analysis of negative controls showed no detectable signals for mm_br_e15_276138 and mm_br_e15_363469, and multiple bandings for mm_br_e15_331608 and mm_br_e15_255873, signifying random by-products due to RNA degradation (see Additional file 14). Depending on the biological context of the assessed tissue, miRNA may be preserved or accumulated at the pre-miRNA level due to specific factors such as the activity levels of dicer, argonaute or nuclear export receptors [57–59]. Therefore, we considered the existence of these small RNAs validated when either the mature or precursor miRNA with specific size was detected using the northern analysis.
Further analysis using the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) genome browser  showed that mm_br_e15_1181 was mapped to a region within the mouse genome that is homologous to the rat and horse genomes. Other putative miRNAs were mapped either to a region specific to the mouse genome (mm_br_e15_294354) or a region homologous to the rat only (mm_br_e15_279920 and mm_br_e15_96719) (Figure 2D). By using both the full-length and seed sequences of all the 4 putative miRNAs, we performed homology searches against all the known miRNA sequences and were unable to find any orthologous miRNAs, indicating that these putative miRNAs could be specific to the mouse or rat especially mm_br_e15_1181 and mm_br_e15_96719. Sequence conservation of miRNAs is relatively common among vertebrates as well as invertebrates. For example miR-263 (consisting of miR-263a and miR-263b) and miR-183 (consisting of miR-96, miR-182 and miR-183) families are found in many organisms including human, mouse, chicken, zebrafish, frog, worm and fruit fly, with high sequence and expression profile similarity particularly in sensory organs [61, 62]. However, lack of sequence homology among miRNAs from different organisms does not negate the possibility of functional conservation among them. For example, both lin-4 and let-7 target multiple sequence motifs at the 3' UTR of Caenorhabditis elegans hunchback homolog mRNA, hbl-1, and regulate its expression in the ventral nerve cord neurones . In addition, different miRNAs with similarity at the seed region may exert the same effect on a same mRNA. Drosophila bearded (Brd) gene has motifs that are complementary to two different miRNAs, miR-4 and miR-79, which bear the same seed sequence. Both the miRNAs target the motifs based entirely on the seed sequence with little or no base-pairing to the 3' region . Although this phenomenon is rare across different organisms, it proves that functional conservation between non-conserved miRNAs may lie within the seed region alone.
Mm_br_e15_1181 biogenesis is Dicer1-dependent
In this study, we used a number of validation analyses for mm_br_e15_1181: Dicer1-dependence, pre-miRNA structure prediction and northern analysis to define mm_br_e15_1181 as a novel miRNA. This novel miRNA has been identified as miR-3099.
Expression profiling of miR-3099 throughout embryogenesis
The expression of miR-3099 in mES cells led us to hypothesize that this miRNA may play a role in early embryogenesis and therefore we characterised its expression profile throughout development. Using stemloop RT-qPCR, we showed that miR-3099 was expressed in E3.5 blastocysts (Figure 3B). The expression of miR-3099 reduced (by ~9-fold; P < 0.001) as the blastocysts developed into an early stage embryo at day 7 (E7), suggesting that miR-3099 was either expressed in a spatially restricted manner or generally down-regulated at this stage. To specifically locate the expression of miR-3099 during embryogenesis, we performed whole mount in situ hybridisation on E9.5 embryos (n = 3) and showed that miR-3099 was expressed throughout the embryo with the exception of the developing heart (Figure 3C). Stronger expression was observed in the telencephalon, somites, branchial arches, and both forelimb and hindlimb buds. Cross sectional analysis of the telencephalon confirmed that miR-3099 was expressed in the neuroepithelium (Figure 3D). Whole mount ISH analysis on embryos of the same age was performed using miR-scrambled LNA probe to serve as the background control (n = 2) (Figure 3E & 3F).
Expression of miR-3099 is upregulated in differentiating neuronal/glial cells
In this study, we have reported the first deep sequencing analysis of small RNAs of a developing mouse brain. We have identified and validated 4 putative miRNAs from the analysis and further characterised one of them, miR-3099, during embryogenesis. A significant finding of the study was the embryo-wide expression profile of miR-3099 in mid-gestation embryos, which became restricted to the central nervous system, suggesting a role for this miRNA in neural differentiation or function.
Animals and dissections
The Melbourne Health Animal Ethics Committee and the University of Adelaide Animal Ethics Committee approved procedures involved in the breeding and handling of animals. Mice were housed under a 12-hour light and 12-hour dark cycle with access to unlimited food and water. Mice were culled by CO2 inhalation and all dissections of mouse embryos, brains and organs were carried out according to the methods described previously .
Deep sequencing and analysis
Total RNA was isolated from a whole brain dissected from an E15.5 embryo of C57BL/6 background using TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen) according to the manufacturer's protocol. Small RNAs with sizes ranging from 16-30nt were isolated from 10 μg total RNA using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The complementary small RNA library was constructed using the Small RNA Sample Prep Kit version 1.0 (Illumina) according to the manufacturer's protocol with 5'-GTTCAGAGTT CTACAGTCCG ACGATC-3' and 5'-TCGTATGCCG TCTTCTGCTT GT-3' adapters at the 5' and 3' ends, respectively. Sequencing was carried out using a Genome Analyzer II (Illumina). Image data was generated by the Genome Analyzer II and was processed using the Illumina pipeline software (Pipeline version 1.0 was used for the FASTQ data). This consists of an image analysis module (Firecrest), followed by basecalling using the BUSTARD module and finally production of a data file in FASTQ format using the GERALD module.
Sequence annotation pipeline
The FASTQ data was ranked according to decreasing abundance of the unique tags. This file was created using a PERL script in Linux without taking into consideration any filters (adapter sequences) or quality. A file with unique tags and their corresponding counts was generated. All unique tags (including those with a single count) were mapped to the NCBI Mouse Assembly Build 37.1 using the Bowtie program . Two sets of alignments were carried out: one stripping off 14 bases from the 5' end of unique tags and the other stripping off 14 bases from the 3' end. In both alignments, no mismatches are allowed and unique tags that hit more than one locus within the mouse genome were discarded. Unique tags with a single hit within the genome were further annotated using various databases such as RepeatMasker (analysis was performed on NCBI Mouse Assembly build 37.1 and the output was downloaded from UCSC genome browser on the 28th of November, 2008), mouse RefSeq in release 32, mouse miRNA in miRBase release 12.0 and redundant mouse EST database (downloaded from UCSC mm9 on 27th January, 2009).
Identification of candidate novel miRNAs
Unique tags that mapped to a genomic locus with a RefSeq, redundant EST or no annotations were subjected to pre-miRNA prediction using the RNA22 program . Sequences encompassing 100- to 200-nt upstream and downstream of these unique sequences were used to predict any potential pre-miRNAs with hairpin structures. The minimum number of patterns that should support a pre-miRNA before it can get reported was set to 60, and the minimum and maximum pre-miRNA lengths were set to 60nt and 150nt, respectively. All predicted pre-miRNA sequences based on these settings were used to determine the hairpin fold structure using RNAfold program . The predicted hairpin fold structure with the lowest minimum free energy (MFE) (cut off at -30 kcal/mol or lower) and conforming to the annotation criteria for pre-miRNA  was selected as the final predicted pre-miRNA. Briefly, the predicted precursor structure must be between 60-80 nt in size and must not have a large internal loop or any asymmetric bulges. The predicted pre-miRNA must contain the aligned unique sequence within one arm of the hairpin and include at least 16 bp from the 5' end of the unique sequence and the other arm of the hairpin.
Small RNA northern analysis
Eight blots were prepared from four independent E15.5 whole brains. Approximately 30 μg of total RNA was denatured in 1X Ambion Gel Loading Buffer II (Ambion®) at 85°C for 3 minutes. RNAs were electrophoresed in 15% acrylamide/urea gels (48% (w/v) urea, 15% (v/v) acrylamide, 0.05% (w/v) ammonium persulfate and 0.1% (v/v) tetramethylethylenediamine prepared in 1X TBE) in 1X TBE buffer at 300 V for 90 minutes. Separated small RNAs in the gel were then transferred onto Hybond-N+ nylon membrane (GE Healthcare) using Trans-Blot® SD Semi-Dry Electrophoretic Transfer Cell (Bio-Rad) at a constant 0.4 V for 45 minutes. The pre-hybridisation step was carried out in Amersham Rapid-hyb™ Buffer (GE Healthcare) with 100 μg/ml of herring sperm DNA (Promega) at 42°C for 1 hour and was followed by the hybridisation step. The same pre-hybridisation solution was used for hybridisation with addition of 2 × 106 dpm/ml labelled probe prepared using 20 U of T4 Polynucleotide Kinase (Promega) in 1X kinase buffer (Promega) and 50 pmol of [γ-32P]-dATP (GE Healthcare) (3000 Ci/mmol). Hybridisation was carried out for 18 hours and filters were washed in 5 × SSC with 0.1% (w/v) sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) (20 minutes at 37°C) followed by 1 × SSC with 0.1% (w/v) SDS and 0.2 × SSC with 0.1% (w/v) SDS (15 minutes each time at 65°C until a clean background signal was obtained). The membrane was exposed to a storage phosphor screen in a cassette at room temperature for 1 day for miR-3099 blot and 8 days for other blots before scanned using Typhoon™ 9400 (GE Healthcare).
Reverse transcription of the small RNA was performed based on modified methods [75, 76]. cDNA was synthesised from 150 ng-2.5 μg of small RNA enriched total RNA using 0.05 μM of an in-house designed stem loop primer (5'-GTTGGCTCT GGTAGGATG CCGCTCTCA GGGCATCCT ACCAGAGCCA AACTCCCCA-3', GeneWorks), and the Superscript® III Reverse Transcriptase Kit (Invitrogen) with modifications to the manufacturer's protocol. The stem loop primer was added after a denaturation step at 65°C for 5 minutes. The last 6nt at the 3' end of the stem loop primer complements the last 6nt of the 3' end of miR-3099 small RNA. The stem loop RT primer contains a target site for a universal reverse primer (5'-GTAGGATGCC GCTCTCAGG-3', GeneWorks) and a target site for UniversalProbe Library (UPL) Probe #21 (Roche Diagnostics), which were used in subsequent cDNA amplification processes together with a specific forward primer for miR-3099 (5'-CGCGTAGGCT AGAGAGAGGT-3', GeneWorks). Briefly, cDNA synthesis was performed at 16°C for 30 minutes followed by 60 cycles of 20°C for 30 seconds, 42°C for 30 seconds and 50°C for 1 second. A final incubation at 75°C for 15 minutes was performed to inactivate the reverse transcriptase enzyme.
Prior to qPCR, pre-PCR of miR-3099 was performed in a 10 μl reaction volume containing 1X LC480 Probe Master mix (Roche Diagnostics), 50 nM of each forward and universal reverse primers and 0.2X of synthesised cDNA. Pre-PCR was initially carried out at 95°C for 10 minutes, 55°C for 2 minutes and 75°C for 2 minutes and followed by 14 additional cycles of 95°C for 15 seconds and 60°C for 4 minutes. After pre-PCR, 0.01X of amplicons were used for qPCR.
QPCR was carried out in 10 μl reaction volume using 1X LightCycler 480 (LC480) Probe Master mix (Roche Diagnostics), 0.1 μM of a relevant Universal ProbeLibrary probe (Roche Diagnostics), 0.25 μM of each forward and reverse primers and 1 μl of 0.1X of synthesised cDNA. Reactions were prepared in 384-well plates and RT-qPCR was performed using a LightCycler® 480 Real Time PCR System instrument (Roche Diagnostics). QPCR was performed with an initial denaturation at 95°C for 10 minutes followed by 45 cycles at 95°C for 10 seconds, 60°C for 30 seconds and 72°C for 10 seconds, and a final step at 40°C for 1 second.
Real-Time amplification signals were acquired during the elongation step and recorded live using LightCycler® 480 Software version 1.5 (Roche Diagnostics). The cycle threshold or crossing point (Cp) from each signal was calculated based on the Second Derivative Maximum method . A 4-data point standard curve was constructed using serially diluted pooled cDNAs for each primer set used in qPCR in each run. The standard curve was used to determine the PCR efficiency and reproducibility of each PCR system. The Hmbs gene was used as reference gene normalisation according to the method as described .
Two or three independent biological replicates were used for each tissue/organ in each experiment. Two qPCR experiments were performed on the tissue of each biological replicate. The qPCR results were normalized to Hmbs, and those that were not outliers, log2 transformed and then averaged to give the expression data for the biological replicate. One-way ANOVA was used to compare the expression levels among the tissues. A P value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Where significant differences were detected among the tissues the least significant difference(s) (LSD) were provided with the analysis (see Additional file 14 for analysis details).
Locked Nucleic Acids - In situ hybridisation
Paraffin embedded sections (8 μm) were used for LNA-ISH. Sections were de-paraffinised with washes in xylene (3× for 5 minutes each) and hydrated in a series of ethanol concentrations into RNase-free water. Subsequently, sections were fixed in 4% (w/v) PFA (pH7.0) in 1X PBS (10 minutes) followed by Proteinase K digestion (6.7 μg/ml of Proteinase K, 50 mM of Tris HCl pH7.5, 5 mM of EDTA) for 30 minutes, re-fixed in 4% (w/v) PFA in 1X PBS for 5 minutes and acetylated (0.1 M of triethanolamine, 0.178% (v/v) of concentrated HCl and 0.25% (v/v) of acetic anhydride) for 10 minutes. Between each step, sections were washed multiple times using 1X PBS.
The pre-hybridisation step was carried out in a humidified chamber (50% (v/v) formamide, 5X sodium chloride/sodium citrate, SSC) at 60°C. Amersham Rapid-hyb™ Buffer (GE Healthcare) was used for pre-hybridisation with additional Escherichia coli tRNA (Sigma Aldrich) and Herring Sperm DNA (Promega) to a final concentration of 100 μg/ml each. After 1-2 hours of pre-hybridisation, custom-made Sox4_sir3 LNA probes (Cat. no: EQ-70537, Exiqon) were added to the buffer to give a concentration of 0.020 pmol/μl. Hybridisation was carried out in the oven for 16-20 hours.
After the hybridisation step, sections were washed in 5 × SSC (20 minutes at hybridisation temperature) followed by 0.2 × SSC (3 hours at hybridisation temperature). Sections were then rinsed in fresh 0.2 × SSC for 5 minutes and in pre-blocking buffer (0.1 M of Tris HCl pH7.5, 0.15 M of NaCl and 240 μg/ml of levamisole) for a further 5 minutes. In a humidified chamber, sections were blocked in 20% (v/v) foetal calf serum (Sigma Aldrich) and 2% (w/v) blocking powder (Roche Diagnostics) in maleate buffer for 1 hour. After blocking, sections were incubated with 0.0002X (0.00015 U) anti-DIG antibody with alkaline phosphatase, Fab fragments (Roche Diagnostics) in blocking buffer for 16 hours in the dark. Subsequently, sections were washed in NTMT buffer (3× for 10 minutes each: 0.1 M Tris HCl pH9.5, 0.1 M NaCl, 0.05 M MgCl2, 1% (v/v) Tween-20 and 240 μg/ml levamisole) and then with nitro blue tetrazolium chloride (NBT)/5-Bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl phosphate, toluidine salt (BCIP) colour reaction (0.375 mg/ml of NBT and 0.188 mg/ml of BCIP in NTMT buffer) for 3 hours to 5 days. After the colour reaction step, sections were washed with Tris EDTA buffer pH8.0 (0.01 M of Tris HCl pH7.5 and 0.001 M EDTA pH8.0) for 10 minutes and were mounted in Entellan® media (ProSciTech).
P19 teratocarcinoma cells
Mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells with Dicer1c conditional allele
Mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells with Dicer1 activity were of a line heterozygous for a conditionally mutant Dicer1 allele (Dicer1 c ) and a null Dicer1 allele (Dicer1-), these genetic modifications have been previously described . mES cells without Dicer1 activity were produced by transient transfection of this Dicer1 c /- line with Cre recombinase to produce Dicer1-/- subclones (JRM and DMM, unpublished data). The mES cells were propagated as previously described .
Mouse E3.5 blastocysts
C57BL/6 females of 3-4 weeks of age were superovulated using 5IU of Folligon (PMSG) followed by 5IU of Chorulon (HCG) 47.5 hours later and mated with B6D2F1 entire stud males. Microdrop culture dishes were set up to equilibrate in 37°C, 5% CO2 incubator 4 hours prior to culture. KSOM (Millipore) media was used in 20 μl droplets in a 35 mm dish, overlaid with Embryo Tested Mineral Oil (Sigma). Superovulated female mice were sacrificed after 2.5 days of superovulation induction and mating, and oviducts were collected into M2 handling media (Millipore). Oviducts were flushed using M2 media, a blunt 30G needle and a1ml syringe. Morulae were collected and cultured in pre-equilibrated KSOM. Blastocysts were collected from culture a day later under a dissecting microscope. These were considered E3.5 blastocysts.
This work was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council fellowships (171601 and 461204 to H.S.S); National Health and Medical Research Council Grants 219176, 257501 and 257529 (to H.S.S.) and a fellowship from Pfizer Australia (to P.Q.T.). K.-H.L. was a recipient of the Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Universiti Putra Malaysia Staff Training Scholarship (UPMSTS), and an Adelaide Fees Scholarship International equivalent. We thank GeneWorks Pty Ltd for constructing the small RNA (cDNA) library and performing the high-throughput sequencing.
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