DOI: 10.1101/140913May 22, 2017Paper

Single-Cell Reprogramming Of Mouse Embryo Development Through A Critical Transition State

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Masa TsuchiyaKenichi Yoshikawa


Our statistical thermodynamics approach to the temporal development of the genome-expression profile in single-cell mouse early embryo indicated that reprogramming occurs via a critical transition state, where the critical-regulation pattern of the zygote state disappears. In this report, we unveil the detailed mechanism of how the dynamic interaction of thermodynamic states (critical states) enables the genome system to pass through the critical transition state to achieve genome reprogramming. Self-organized criticality (SOC) control of overall expression provides a snapshot of self-organization and explains the coexistence of critical states at a certain experimental time point. The time-development of self-organization is dynamically modulated by exchanges in expression flux between critical states through the cell nucleus milieu, where sequential global perturbations involving activation-inhibition of multiple critical states occur from the early state to the late 2-cell state. Two cyclic fluxes act as feedback flow and generate critical-state coherent oscillatory dynamics. Dynamic perturbation of these cyclic flows due to vivid activation of the ensemble of low-variance expression (sub-critical state) allows the genome sy...Continue Reading

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