Cellular dynamics and fate decision in early human embryogenesis remain largely unknown owing to the challenges of performing studies in human embryos1. Here, we explored whole-genomes of 334 single-cell colonies and targeted deep sequences of 379 bulk tissues obtained from various anatomical locations of seven recently deceased adult human donors. Using somatic mutations as an intrinsic barcode, we reconstructed early cellular phylogenies that demonstrate (1) an endogenous mutational rate that is higher in the first cell division but decreases to approximately one per cell per cell division later in life; (2) universal unequal contribution of early cells to embryo proper, resulting from early cellular bottlenecks that stochastically set aside epiblast cells within the embryo; (3) examples of varying degrees of early clonal imbalances between tissues on the left and right sides of the body, different germ layers and specific anatomical parts and organs; (4) emergence of a few ancestral cells that will substantially contribute to adult cell pools in blood and liver; and (5) presence of mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy in the fertilized egg. Our approach also provides insights into the age-related mutational processes and loss of sex chromosomes in normal somatic cells. In sum, this study provides a foundation for future studies to complete cellular phylogenies in human embryogenesis.
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We are deeply indebted to the individuals who donated their cells and tissues for this study. We thank M. R. Stratton, P. J. Campbell, T. H. H. Coorens, R. Rahbari, L. Moore, A. Cagan and M. V. Plikus for their fruitful comments and discussions. We thank J.-Y. Shin, M. S. Jun, H. Jung, J. H. Lee, H. S. Lee, J. Y. Jeon, J. H. Jeon, S. Cho and J. S. Lee, for their methodological advice and technical assistance. This work was supported by the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Korea (HI17C1836 to Y.S.J.), the Suh Kyungbae Foundation (SUHF-18010082 to Y.S.J.), a National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2020R1A3B2078973 to Y.S.J.; NRF-2019R1I1A3A01060675, NRF-2020R1A5A2017323 and NRF-2021R1C1C1014425 to J.W.O.; NRF-2020R1A6A3A01100621 to S.P.; and NRF-2019H1D3A2A02061168 to S.Y.K.).
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a, A summary of the seven warm autopsies, in which clones (dots) and bulk tissues were collected. Internal organs contributing to bulk tissues are annotated (black line). The information can also be browsed in the Somatic Clone Viewer (https://julab.kaist.ac.kr/somatic-clone-viewer). The detailed information for each sample is shown in Supplementary Discussion 1, Supplementary Tables 2 and 3, for clones and bulk-tissues, respectively. b, A scatter plot showing peak VAF and mean coverage of the WGS of all the clones established in this study. Excluded clones, due to their multiclonal origins and/or atypical VAF peaks, are coloured in red. Finally, 334 clones are included for the downstream analyses. c, A schematic illustration demonstrating our approach reconstructing a developmental phylogenetic tree. Let S= [s1, s2, …, s5] be the set of 5 clones, and G= [g1, g2, …, g23] be the union set of mutations detected in one or more clones from the same individual. We then build a matrix M with rows labeled g1, g2, …, g23, and columns labeled s1, s2, …, s5. If the VAF of somatic mutation gi in clone sj is determined to be true, Mij was assigned to 1 (blue-coloured tile), while others to 0 (white-coloured tile). After removing germline variants (G0), we grouped all mutations with the same profile into a mutation group according to the sharing pattern between clones. Over 8 distinct mutation groups in this example, mutation matrix M8×5 is defined such that each column represents a clone and each row represents a mutation group. From the mutation matrix M8×5, we reconstructed a phylogenetic tree. d, Mutation matrices constructed from all clones and all the detected embryonic mutations of the five individuals.
a, Examples of embryonic mutations found in DB3. A heatmap in the upper panel shows the VAFs of the early mutations detected in the capture phase. Integrative Genomics Viewer screenshots for two early mutations in WGS of four clones and a polyclonal blood are also shown in the lower panel. b, The aggregated VAFs for L1 and L2 mutation sets in bulk tissues (dot). Median and interquartile ranges (IQRs) are shown in boxplots with whiskers (1.5*IQRs). c, A scatter plot showing the number of clones established and the number of discovered early mutations. The number of base substitutions (triangle) and indels (circle) are shown separately. Red lines and shaded areas represent fitted lines from linear regression and 95% confidence intervals.
a, The correlation between the number of early base substitutions and indels. A red line and shaded area represent fitted line from linear regression and 95% confidence intervals. b, An example of microsatellite length-changing mutation identified in the L1 branch of DB3. In this study, microsatellite regions were defined as 5 or more repeat of 1-6 nucleotides in the reference genome. c, Mutational spectrums of early and late mutations found in the study. The signatures of the early base substitutions (n=488) and indels (n=49) are delineated by version 3 COSMIC signatures (top). For late mutations, we categorized clones into two groups by the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light mediated mutations, (1) clones with prevalent UV-mediated mutations and (2) clones with lack of UV-mediated mutations, using the 5% cutoff for the proportion of the SBS7 mutations. The middle panel displays the mutational spectrums of base substitutions (n=74,824) and indels (n=3,404) in clones with SBS7 ≤5% (without UV exposure), while the bottom panel displays the spectrums of substitutions (n=1,457,489) and indels (n=31,805) in clones with SBS7 >5% (with UV exposure).
a, Lineages of physically adjacent clones established from <1cm of the distance are shown with early phylogenies. Clone pairs from the same late lineage are coloured in red. b, The distribution of distance scores between clones from same anatomical region. Distance score was calculated by 1/(No. of shared mutations +1). The random distributions (density plots) were generated by randomly assigning clones to lineages on the established phylogenies. A red line represents the actual mean distance score the clones. Empirical p-values from simulation (n=1,000) are shown.
a, Annotated phylogenetic trees of DB3, DB6, DB8, DB9, and DB10. Dichotomy (bifurcation) and polytomy (multifurcation) nodes are indicated by black-filled and hollow circles, respectively. At bifurcation nodes, two daughter lineages are then coloured in red (major) or blue (minor), according to their relative contribution in phylogenies. b, A schematic illustration demonstrating informative and uninformative cell divisions. In contrast to a cell division accompanying spontaneous mutations (informative division, left of dashed line), a cell division without intrinsic mutation cannot be reflected in our phylogenetic tree (uninformative division, right of dashed line) due to a lack of ‘cellular barcodes’. c, A schematic illustration showing the effect of initial mutation rate on the pattern of the trees. d, The unequal contribution of the two earliest branches (L1 and L2) consistently found in phylogenies and bulk tissues. Pie graphs represent the proportion of each lineage counted in the phylogenetic trees. Horizontal bar graphs show the VAFs of the lineage-specific mutations in targeted sequencing of bulk tissues. Expected VAFs from the phylogenies are shown by red dashed lines. e, A correlation between VAFs of the early mutations expected in the phylogenies (x-axis) and observed in bulk tissues (y-axis). Median and interquartile ranges (IQRs) are shown in boxplots with whiskers (1.5*IQRs). A red line drawing shows y=x for comparison. f, The imbalance ratio at bifurcating nodes, which is the ratio between the numbers of the clones of major and minor lineages. The late-branched clones from the same lineage were counted as a single clone.
a, A developmental model showing the lineage imbalance in epiblast as an origin of global unequal L1 and L2 contribution. This model assumes the number of cells (n) is selected for epiblast at s-cell stage. We presume two different mutation rates (R≤2 and R>2) in early embryogenesis. R≤2, R>2 are mutation rates until and after 2-cell stage, respectively. b, A cellular genealogy scenario that can explain the features of early phylogenetic trees. Assuming that the mutation rate is constant, a longer branch results from the lineage that contribute less to the embryo. c, Impact of stochastic cellular segregation during embryogenesis on early developmental phylogeny. This illustration shows the consequence of biased selection on cellular phylogeny. In a case that all of the epiblast cells are derived from one cell in two-cell stage, mutations accumulated at first division are shared among all embryonic cells. High initial mutation rate could be masked in this situation.
a, The phylogenetic trees of five individuals coloured by the significance levels of imbalances between the left and right tissues. Mutations with higher VAF in left tissues are coloured in red, while with higher VAF in right tissues are coloured in blue. The left-right clonal imbalances are frequently seen from very early lineages (<10 early mutations) in all the individuals. b, t-SNE clustering of bulk tissues using the VAFs of the embryonic mutations for the four individuals (DB6 is available in Fig. 3b). The separation of left and right tissues is shown in top panels. Other information, such as anatomical regions and organs, is shown in bottom panels. c, A schematic illustration showing the emergence of primitive streak and formation of left-right axis in early embryogenesis. d, Box plots illustrating the median VAFs and interquartile ranges (IQRs) with whiskers (1.5*IQRs) of L1 and L2 mutations in cranial or caudal tissues. There was no significant VAF difference between cranial- and caudal-side tissues (two-sided Wilcoxon test). NS, not significant.
a, Median VAFs of the early mutations in the bulk tissues according to their dominant germ layers. The horizontal axis shows early mutations sorted by the averaged VAFs in bulk tissues in descending order, approximately from earlier to later mutations. Tissues with mixed germ layers are excluded in this figure. The lines are fitted curves by locally estimated scatterplot smoothing (LOESS) methods. b, The phylogenetic trees coloured by the significance of imbalances between ectoderm and meso-endodermal tissues. DB3 was not suitable for the analysis due to a lack of ectodermal tissues sequenced. Comparisons were performed by two-sided Wilcoxon tests. Red asterisks indicate the estimated point of the branching of the ectoderm-dominant lineage. c, the phylogenetic trees of four individuals (DBs 3, 6, 8, and 10) coloured by the VAF in blood tissues. An equivalent figure for DB9 is shown in Fig. 3d. Red asterisks indicate the estimated point of the branching of the blood-enriched lineages. Blue asterisk in DB10 indicate the major lineage of contaminated tumour cells in blood. d, Ratios of VAF for embryonic mutations between observed in blood tissues and expected from phylogenetic trees. The molecular time of the embryogenesis is shown on the x-axis by the number of mutations. Dots in the direct lineages are linked by lines. e, Histograms for showing the number of the blood-specific mutations (absent in phylogenetic trees). Blood-specific mutation was not found in DB3 (n=0). DB10 is excluded due to tumour contamination in the blood. f, The phylogenetic tree of DB10 coloured by VAF in cancer tissue with the branching point of the ancestral cell of breast cancer (shown by a red asterisk). g, Schematic representation demonstrating the clonal imbalance and their timing in early embryogenesis.
a, VAFs of MT:16,256 C>T substitution (frequently found in DB10 clones) in WGS of 279 clones explored in the study. Applying a VAF cutoff of 0.5%, the variant was detected only in the 14 clones all established from DB10. b, a developmental model for inferring the heteroplasmic level of a mitochondrial variant in a fertilized egg. We assumed that f% of mtDNA in a fertilized egg has a functionally neutral mtDNA variant (mutant-mtDNA), which randomly segregates to daughter cells in successive cell divisions. Two summary statistics were drawn from this model: 1) the proportion of samples harbouring mutant-mtDNA (p), and 2) the median heteroplasmic level of mutant-mtDNA (h). We compared the summary statistics (p, h) of each simulation to the observed summary statistics, and constructed the posterior distribution of f using the neural network regression algorithm of an approximate Bayesian computation. For detail, see the Methods section. c, a histogram of the null distribution of the statistic for the goodness of fit test assuming our model. d, Cross-validation to access the accuracy of parameter inference. e, a possible scenario underlying the recurrent mtDNA mutation. Mitochondrial bottleneck during the cleavage and random segregation of mtDNA during mitosis may underlie the early mtDNA variant. f, mtDNA variants and their heteroplasmic levels with 95% confidence intervals estimated by simulation (n=500,000) to be harboured in fertilized egg.
a, Scatter plot showing the correlation between the number of total mutations and recurrent mutations. b, Total number and signature of somatic mutations in each of the 334 clones. Horizontal axis represents each clone in decreasing order of total mutation numbers. c, Linear correlation between the numbers of SBS7 (UV-mediated) and SBS5 (an endogenous, clock-like) mutations in skin fibroblast clones. Approximately one additional SBS5 mutation is acquired per ten SBS7 mutations. A red line represents the result of linear regression. d, The mutational spectrum of late recurrent base substitutions (n=619). e, A massive heterogeneity of UV-mediated mutational burden among clones established in the close anatomical location (inter-clonal distance < ~1cm; top). The number of clones in each location is illustrated at the bottom. f, The rate of purely endogenous mutations in skin fibroblasts showing a linear correlation with age (24.3 substitutions per year). A red line represents the result of linear regression. The median number of endogenous substitutions with interquartile ranges (IQRs) from clones are drawn by boxplots (whiskers=1.5*IQRs) and scatter plots.
a, Bar plot showing the frequency of large-scale copy-number alterations (> 10 Mb) per segment type detected in clones. b, Bar plot showing the counts of whole-chromosomal copy-number changes per chromosome. c, Timing estimation of the copy-number gains (> 50 Mb) observed in the clones. Ages at death are shown in red dashed lines. fb., fibroblast.
This file contains Supplementary Discussion 1-9, including Supplementary Figures 1-6, and additional references.
Demographic features, clone number, and mutation rate of the participants.
Cell types, tissue locations, and mutational features of 334 single-cell clones.
Tissue type, location, and t-SNE information of 379 bulk tissues recapturing early mutations via targeted deep sequencing.
Information on whole-genome sequences for bulk tissues.
No. of somatic variants and phylogenetic structure of cellular lineages.
List of early embryonic mutations detected in this study.
Number of variants in each filtering steps.
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Park, S., Mali, N.M., Kim, R. et al. Clonal dynamics in early human embryogenesis inferred from somatic mutation. Nature 597, 393–397 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03786-8
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