Theranostics 2020; 10(1):353-370. doi:10.7150/thno.39093
Genome-wide interaction target profiling reveals a novel Peblr20-eRNA activation pathway to control stem cell pluripotency
1. Key Laboratory of Organ Regeneration and Transplantation of Ministry of Education, Stem Cell and Cancer Center, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130061, P.R. China.
2. Stanford University Medical School, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.
3. Department of Endocrinology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, P.R. China.
* These authors jointly supervised this work.
Wang C, Jia L, Wang Y, Du Z, Zhou L, Wen X, Li H, Zhang S, Chen H, Chen N, Chen J, Zhu Y, Nie Y, Celic I, Gao S, Zhang S, Hoffman AR, Li W, Hu JF, Cui J. Genome-wide interaction target profiling reveals a novel Peblr20-eRNA activation pathway to control stem cell pluripotency. Theranostics 2020; 10(1):353-370. doi:10.7150/thno.39093. Available from http://www.thno.org/v10p0353.htm
Background: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) constitute an important component of the regulatory apparatus that controls stem cell pluripotency. However, the specific mechanisms utilized by these lncRNAs in the control of pluripotency are not fully characterized.
Methods: We utilized a RNA reverse transcription-associated trap sequencing (RAT-seq) approach to profile the mouse genome-wide interaction targets for lncRNAs that are screened by RNA-seq.
Results: We identified Peblr20 (Pou5F1 enhancer binding lncRNA 20) as a novel lncRNA that is associated with stem cell reprogramming. Peblr20 was differentially transcribed in fibroblasts compared to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Notably, we found that Peblr20 utilized a trans mechanism to interact with the regulatory elements of multiple stemness genes. Using gain- and loss-of-function experiments, we showed that knockdown of Peblr20 caused iPSCs to exit from pluripotency, while overexpression of Peblr20 activated endogenous Pou5F1 expression. We further showed that Peblr20 promoted pluripotent reprogramming. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that Peblr20 activated endogenous Pou5F1 by binding to the Pou5F1 enhancer in trans, recruiting TET2 demethylase and activating the enhancer-transcribed RNAs.
Conclusions: Our data reveal a novel epigenetic mechanism by which a lncRNA controls the fate of stem cells by trans-regulating the Pou5F1 enhancer RNA pathway. We demonstrate the potential for leveraging lncRNA biology to enhance the generation of stem cells for regenerative medicine.
Keywords: Stem Cell, pluripotency, enhancer RNA, long noncoding RNA, epigenetics, DNA demethylation