Dynamics of lineage commitment revealed by single-cell transcriptomics of differentiating embryonic stem cells

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Dynamics of lineage commitment revealed by single-cell transcriptomics of differentiating embryonic stem cells

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Title: Dynamics of lineage commitment revealed by single-cell transcriptomics of differentiating embryonic stem cells
Author: Semrau, Stefan; Goldmann, Johanna E.; Soumillon, Magali; Mikkelsen, Tarjei S.; Jaenisch, Rudolf; van Oudenaarden, Alexander

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Citation: Semrau, Stefan, Johanna E. Goldmann, Magali Soumillon, Tarjei S. Mikkelsen, Rudolf Jaenisch, and Alexander van Oudenaarden. 2017. “Dynamics of lineage commitment revealed by single-cell transcriptomics of differentiating embryonic stem cells.” Nature Communications 8 (1): 1096. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01076-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-01076-4.
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Abstract: Gene expression heterogeneity in the pluripotent state of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) has been increasingly well-characterized. In contrast, exit from pluripotency and lineage commitment have not been studied systematically at the single-cell level. Here we measure the gene expression dynamics of retinoic acid driven mESC differentiation from pluripotency to lineage commitment, using an unbiased single-cell transcriptomics approach. We find that the exit from pluripotency marks the start of a lineage transition as well as a transient phase of increased susceptibility to lineage specifying signals. Our study reveals several transcriptional signatures of this phase, including a sharp increase of gene expression variability and sequential expression of two classes of transcriptional regulators. In summary, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the exit from pluripotency and lineage commitment at the single cell level, a potential stepping stone to improved lineage manipulation through timing of differentiation cues.
Published Version: doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01076-4
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5653659/pdf/
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