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      The dynamic effect of genetic variation on the in vivo ER stress transcriptional response in different tissues

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          The genetic regulation of gene expression varies greatly across tissue-type and individuals and can be strongly influenced by the environment. Many variants, under healthy control conditions, may be silent or even have the opposite effect under diseased stress conditions. This study uses an in vivo mouse model to investigate how the effect of genetic variation changes with cellular stress across different tissues. Endoplasmic reticulum stress occurs when misfolded proteins accumulate in the endoplasmic reticulum. This triggers the unfolded protein response, a large transcriptional response which attempts to restore homeostasis. This transcriptional response, despite being a conserved, basic cellular process, is highly variable across different genetic backgrounds, making it an ideal system to study the dynamic effects of genetic variation. In this study, we sought to better understand how genetic variation alters expression across tissues, in the presence and absence of endoplasmic reticulum stress. The use of different mouse strains and their F1s allow us to also identify context-specific cis- and trans- regulatory variation underlying variable transcriptional responses. We found hundreds of genes that respond to endoplasmic reticulum stress in a tissue- and/or genotype-dependent manner. The majority of the regulatory effects we identified were acting in cis-, which in turn, contribute to the variable endoplasmic reticulum stress- and tissue-specific transcriptional response. This study demonstrates the need for incorporating environmental stressors across multiple different tissues in future studies to better elucidate the effect of any particular genetic factor in basic biological pathways, like the endoplasmic reticulum stress response.

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              Accurate alignment of high-throughput RNA-seq data is a challenging and yet unsolved problem because of the non-contiguous transcript structure, relatively short read lengths and constantly increasing throughput of the sequencing technologies. Currently available RNA-seq aligners suffer from high mapping error rates, low mapping speed, read length limitation and mapping biases. To align our large (>80 billon reads) ENCODE Transcriptome RNA-seq dataset, we developed the Spliced Transcripts Alignment to a Reference (STAR) software based on a previously undescribed RNA-seq alignment algorithm that uses sequential maximum mappable seed search in uncompressed suffix arrays followed by seed clustering and stitching procedure. STAR outperforms other aligners by a factor of >50 in mapping speed, aligning to the human genome 550 million 2 × 76 bp paired-end reads per hour on a modest 12-core server, while at the same time improving alignment sensitivity and precision. In addition to unbiased de novo detection of canonical junctions, STAR can discover non-canonical splices and chimeric (fusion) transcripts, and is also capable of mapping full-length RNA sequences. Using Roche 454 sequencing of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction amplicons, we experimentally validated 1960 novel intergenic splice junctions with an 80-90% success rate, corroborating the high precision of the STAR mapping strategy. STAR is implemented as a standalone C++ code. STAR is free open source software distributed under GPLv3 license and can be downloaded from http://code.google.com/p/rna-star/.
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                Contributors
                Role: Editor
                Journal
                G3 (Bethesda)
                Genetics
                g3journal
                G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
                Oxford University Press
                2160-1836
                June 2022
                29 April 2022
                29 April 2022
                : 12
                : 6
                : jkac104
                Affiliations
                Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine , Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, 15 N 2030 E, Room 5200, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. Email: cchow@ 123456genetics.utah.edu
                Author information
                https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2848-3852
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3104-7923
                Article
                jkac104
                10.1093/g3journal/jkac104
                9157157
                35485945
                0e4cf7ef-119a-47c6-8463-ffc35c1566ec
                © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Genetics Society of America.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                History
                : 24 February 2022
                : 16 April 2022
                : 12 May 2022
                Page count
                Pages: 17
                Funding
                Funded by: NIH NIGMS R35;
                Award ID: R35GM124780
                Funded by: Glenn Award from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, and the University of Utah Mario R Capecchi Endowed Chair in Genetics;
                Funded by: NIH, Interdisciplinary Training Grant T32 Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research;
                Award ID: T32DK110966
                Categories
                Investigation
                AcademicSubjects/SCI01180
                AcademicSubjects/SCI01140
                AcademicSubjects/SCI00010
                AcademicSubjects/SCI00960

                Genetics
                er stress,regulatory variation,g×e,tissue effects,genetic variation,in vivo mouse
                Genetics
                er stress, regulatory variation, g×e, tissue effects, genetic variation, in vivo mouse

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