72-h diurnal RNA-seq analysis of fully expanded third leaves from maize, sorghum, and foxtail millet at 3-h resolution
BMC Research Notes volume 14, Article number: 24 (2021)
The purpose of this data set is to capture the complete diurnal (i.e., daily) transcriptome of fully expanded third leaves from the C4 panacoid grasses sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), maize (Zea mays), and foxtail millet (Setaria italica) with RNA-seq transcriptome profiling. These data are the cornerstone of a larger project that examined the conservation and divergence of gene expression networks within these crop plants. This data set focuses on temporal changes in gene expression to identify the network architecture responsible for daily regulation of plant growth and metabolic activities. The power of this data set is fine temporal resolution combined with continuous sampling over multiple days.
The data set is 72 individual RNA-seq samples representing 24 time course samples each for sorghum, maize, and foxtail millet plants cultivated in a growth chamber under equal intervals of light and darkness. The 24 samples are separated by 3-h intervals so that the data set is a fine scale 72-h analysis of gene expression in the leaves of each plant type. FASTQ files from Illumina sequencing are available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information Sequence Read Archive.
The purpose of this data set is to identify transcripts with diurnal (i.e. daily) patterns of regulation within the C4 panacoid grasses sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), maize (Zea mays), and foxtail millet (Setaria italica) with RNA-seq transcriptome profiling. These data are the cornerstone of a larger project that examined the conservation and divergence between sorghum, maize and foxtail millet of circadian clock and diurnal gene expression networks and their local DNA regulatory elements . The working hypothesis motivating the project is critical regulatory features are retained through evolution. Therefore, these features can be discovered by finding transcriptome attributes shared between related, but evolutionarily distant, plant species. The power of this data set is combined fine temporal resolution of sampling and continuous sampling over a 72-h period. Sorghum, maize, and foxtail millet are studied because each is from the panacoid family of grasses, which perform C4 photosynthesis, and is a major crop plant worldwide. This data set focuses on temporal changes in gene expression to identify the network architecture for daily regulation of plant growth and metabolic activities.
The data set is 72 individual RNA-seq samples (Table 1) representing 24 fully expanded third leaf samples each for sorghum (BTx623 inbred), maize (B73 inbred), and foxtail millet (Yugu1 accession) plants cultivated in a growth chamber under 12 h light (440 μmol m−1 s−1 of photosynthetically active radiation provided by cool white fluorescent bulbs) and 12 h darkness for 15 days (sorghum, maize) or 20 days (foxtail millet). Light periods were 26–28 °C and dark periods were 22 °C. Samples were taken at 3-h intervals for a total of 72-h. Sampling began at 3 h from when lights were turned on at the beginning of the first collection day. Quality of total RNA extracted from samples was confirmed by Bioanalyzer (Agilent). Strand-specific RNA-seq libraries were constructed from mRNA, isolated from total RNA by poly(A) selection, as described previously . Multiplexed libraries were paired-end sequenced with 50 cycles (PE50) by Illumina HiSeq 2500 sequencing at the Illumina Sequencing Genomics Resources Core Facility at Weill Cornell Medical College, Ithaca, NY. The average total reads/mapped reads for sorghum, maize and foxtail millet samples was 21,909,425/18,716,318, 20,791,418/15,401,114 and 21,482,551/20,177,538, respectively. The 72 demultiplexed FASTQ files from Illumina sequencing were deposited at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Sequence Read Archive under accession number PRJNA616061.
This is RNA-seq analysis of leaf blade tissue from young plants (15–20 days after planting). Care should be taken in directly extrapolating the transcriptome profiles to other tissues and/or older plants.
The plants were grown in a growth chamber under cool white fluorescent lighting and under well-controlled temperatures. These conditions should be taken into account when making comparisons to plants grown in the field under natural sunlight and temperature.
The goal of the RNA-seq design was to capture transcript levels from expressed genes, not to describe the full range of transcript splice variants.
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All the data described in this Data note can be freely and openly accessed at the NCBI Sequence Read Archive. All the runs are listed with resolving links in Table 1, and all are gathered together under NCBI Sequence Read Archive study accession SRP254420 . Please see Table 1 and reference Lai et al.  for details and links to the data.
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Paired-end sequenced with 50 cycles
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The funding bodies played no role in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript. X.L.: China Scholarship Council Fellowship. FGH: National Science Foundation award IOS1238048; USDA-ARS CRIS project 2030-21000-039-00D.
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Lai, X., Bendix, C., Zhang, Y. et al. 72-h diurnal RNA-seq analysis of fully expanded third leaves from maize, sorghum, and foxtail millet at 3-h resolution. BMC Res Notes 14, 24 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05431-5