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Cortijo, S.* ; Wardenaar, R.* ; Colomé-Tatché, M. ; Gilly, A.* ; Etcheverry, M.* ; Labadie, K.* ; Caillieux, E.* ; Hospital, F.* ; Aury, J.M.* ; Wincker, P.* ; Roudier, F.* ; Jansen, R.C.* ; Colot, V.* ; Johannes, F.*

Mapping the epigenetic basis of complex traits.

Science 343, 1145-1148 (2014)
Verlagsversion DOI
Quantifying the impact of heritable epigenetic variation on complex traits is an emerging challenge in population genetics. Here, we analyze a population of isogenic Arabidopsis lines that segregate experimentally induced DNA methylation changes at hundreds of regions across the genome. We demonstrate that several of these differentially methylated regions (DMRs) act as bona fide epigenetic quantitative trait loci (QTL(epi)), accounting for 60 to 90% of the heritability for two complex traits, flowering time and primary root length. These QTL(epi) are reproducible and can be subjected to artificial selection. Many of the experimentally induced DMRs are also variable in natural populations of this species and may thus provide an epigenetic basis for Darwinian evolution independently of DNA sequence changes.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0036-8075
e-ISSN 1095-9203
Zeitschrift Science
Quellenangaben Band: 343, Heft: 6175, Seiten: 1145-1148 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed