E-MTAB-7029 - RNA-seq of TCF/LEF or beta-cetenin knockout HEK293T cells to study TCF/LEF dependent and independent regulation of Wnt/beta-catenin transcription
Last updated on 2 November 2018, released on 2 November 2018
During canonical Wnt signalling the activity of nuclear beta-catenin is largely mediated by the TCF/LEF family of transcription factors. To challenge this view we used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing approach to generate HEK 293T cell clones simultaneously carrying loss-of-function alleles of all four TCF/LEF genes. Exploiting unbiased whole transcriptome sequencing studies, we found that a subset of beta-catenin transcriptional targets did not require TCF/LEF factors for their regulation. Consistent with this finding, we observed in a genome-wide analysis that beta-catenin occupied specific genomic regions in the absence of TCF/LEF. Finally, we revealed the existence of a transcriptional activity of beta-catenin that specifically appears when TCF/LEF factors are absent, and refer to this as beta-catenin-GHOST response. Collectively, this study uncovers a previously neglected modus operandi of beta-catenin that bypasses the TCF/LEF transcription factors.
RNA-seq of coding RNA, genotype design