|Title||Adapting INTACT to analyse cell-type-specific transcriptomes and nucleocytoplasmic mRNA dynamics in the Arabidopsis embryo|
|Author(s)||Palovaara, Joakim; Weijers, Dolf|
|Source||Plant reproduction (2018). - ISSN 2194-7953 - 9 p.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Cell-type-specific - Embryo - Nuclear isolation - Transcriptome analysis|
In the early embryo of vascular plants, the different cell types and stem cells of the seedling are specified as the embryo develops from a zygote towards maturity. How the key steps in cell and tissue specification are instructed by genome-wide transcriptional activity is poorly understood. Progress in defining transcriptional regulation at the genome-wide level in plant embryos has been hampered by difficulties associated with capturing cell-type-specific transcriptomes in this small and inaccessible structure. We recently adapted a two-component genetic nucleus labelling system called INTACT to isolate nuclei from distinct cell types at different stages of Arabidopsis thaliana embryogenesis. We have used these to generate a transcriptomic atlas of embryo development following microarray-based expression profiling. Here, we present a general description of the adapted INTACT procedure, including the two-component labelling system, seed isolation, nuclei preparation and purification, as well as transcriptomic profiling. We also compare nuclear and cellular transcriptomes from the early Arabidopsis embryo to assess nucleocytoplasmic differences and discuss how these differences can be used to infer regulation of gene activity.