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Nat Commun. 2017 Oct 24;8(1):1122. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01195-y.

DNA N6-methyladenine is dynamically regulated in the mouse brain following environmental stress.

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1
Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA.
2
Department of Neurology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, 410008, China.
3
Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 36849, USA.
4
State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China.
5
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA.
6
Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 30322, USA. peng.jin@emory.edu.

Abstract

Chemical modifications on DNA molecules, such as 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, play important roles in the mammalian brain. A novel DNA adenine modification, N(6)-methyladenine (6mA), has recently been found in mammalian cells. However, the presence and function(s) of 6mA in the mammalian brain remain unclear. Here we demonstrate 6mA dynamics in the mouse brain in response to environmental stress. We find that overall 6mA levels are significantly elevated upon stress. Genome-wide 6mA and transcriptome profiling reveal an inverse association between 6mA dynamic changes and a set of upregulated neuronal genes or downregulated LINE transposon expression. Genes bearing stress-induced 6mA changes significantly overlap with loci associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. These results suggest an epigenetic role for 6mA in the mammalian brain as well as its potential involvement in neuropsychiatric disorders.

PMID:
29066820
PMCID:
PMC5654764
DOI:
10.1038/s41467-017-01195-y
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