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      Variations in 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine among human brain, blood, and saliva using oxBS and the Infinium MethylationEPIC array

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          Investigating 5-methylcytosine (5mC) has led to many hypotheses regarding molecular mechanism underlying human diseases and disorders. Many of these studies, however, utilize bisulfite conversion alone, which cannot distinguish 5mC from its recently discovered oxidative product, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC). Furthermore, previous array-based technologies do not have the necessary probes to adequately investigate both modifications simultaneously. In this manuscript, we used technical replicates of DNA from human brain, human blood, and human saliva, in combination with oxidative bisulfite conversion and Illumina’s Infinium MethylationEPIC array, to analyze 5mC and 5hmC at more than 650 000 and 450 000 relevant loci, respectively, in the human genome. We show the presence of loci with detectable 5mC and 5hmC to be equally distributed across chromosomes and genomic features, while also being present in genomic regions with transcriptional regulatory properties. We also describe 2528 5hmC sites common across tissue types that show a strong association with immune-related functions. Lastly, in human brain, we show that 5hmC accounts for one-third of the total signal from bisulfite-converted data. As such, not only do our results confirm the efficacy and sensitivity of pairing oxidative bisulfite conversion and the EPIC array to detect 5mC and 5hmC in all three tissue types, but they also highlight the importance of dissociating 5hmC from 5mC in future studies related to cytosine modifications.

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          DNA cytosine methylation is crucial for retrotransposon silencing and mammalian development. In a computational search for enzymes that could modify 5-methylcytosine (5mC), we identified TET proteins as mammalian homologs of the trypanosome proteins JBP1 and JBP2, which have been proposed to oxidize the 5-methyl group of thymine. We show here that TET1, a fusion partner of the MLL gene in acute myeloid leukemia, is a 2-oxoglutarate (2OG)- and Fe(II)-dependent enzyme that catalyzes conversion of 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) in cultured cells and in vitro. hmC is present in the genome of mouse embryonic stem cells, and hmC levels decrease upon RNA interference-mediated depletion of TET1. Thus, TET proteins have potential roles in epigenetic regulation through modification of 5mC to hmC.
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                Biol Methods Protoc
                Biol Methods Protoc
                Biology Methods & Protocols
                Oxford University Press
                March 2016
                27 December 2016
                27 December 2016
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                [1 ]McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;
                [2 ]Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;
                [3 ]McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
                [4 ]Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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                [* ]Correspondence address. McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, 6875 boul. LaSalle, Verdun, Quebec H4H 1R3, Canada. Tel: +1-514-761-6131 ext. 2369; Fax: +1-514-762-3023; E-mail: gustavo.turecki@
                © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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                Pages: 8
                Funded by: Canadian Institute of Health Research
                Award ID: MOP93775, MOP11260, MOP119429
                Award ID: MOP119430
                Funded by: National Institutes of Health
                Award ID: 1R01DA033684
                Funded by: Pfizer Canada
                Funded by: Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé
                Funded by: Genome Canada
                Funded by: CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral fellowship
                Funded by: Fondation Fyssen
                Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
                Funded by: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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