Magdalena E. Potok

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Early vertebrate embryos must achieve totipotency and prepare for zygotic genome activation (ZGA). To understand this process, we determined the DNA methylation (DNAme) profiles of zebrafish gametes, embryos at different stages, and somatic muscle and compared them to gene activity and histone modifications. Sperm chromatin patterns are virtually identical(More)
DNA methylation on cytosine in vertebrates such as zebrafish serves to silence gene expression by interfering with the binding of certain transcription factors and through the recruitment of repressive chromatin machinery. Cytosine DNA methylation is chemically stable and heritable through the germline - but also reversible through many modes, making it a(More)
Eukaryotic genomes are regulated by epigenetic marks that act to modulate transcriptional control as well as to regulate DNA replication and repair. In Arabidopsis thaliana, mutation of the ATXR5 and ATXR6 histone methyltransferases causes reduction in histone H3 lysine 27 monomethylation, transcriptional upregulation of transposons, and a genome(More)
Early vertebrate embryos must achieve totipotency and prepare for zygotic genome activation (ZGA). To better understand, we determined DNAme profiles of zebrafish gametes, multiple embryo stages flanking ZGA, and somatic muscle and compared them to gene activity and histone modifications. First, sperm chromatin patterns are virtually identical to those at(More)
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