Epigenetics
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  • Epigenetics

    Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that are not encoded in the DNA of the genome. Encouraging evidence has linked epigenetic effects to oncogenesis, progression and treatment of cancer (1), the regulation of development and function of the nervous system (2), gene regulation (3), cellular stress events (3), nutrigenomics (4), aging and DNA repair (5). Considerable ongoing efforts are directed towards identifying the dynamic functions of various modifications to DNA and its associated proteins and elucidating their mechanisms.

    References

    1. Baylin, S. and Jones, P. (2011) Nature Rev Cancer (10), 726-734. PMID: 21941284 
    2. Riccio, A., (2010) Nature Neuroscience, 13, 1330-1337. PMID: 20975757 
    3. Huang, J. et al. (2006) Nature, 444, 629-632. PMID: 17108971 
    4. Park, L.K., Friso, S. and Choi, S.W. (2011) Proc. Nutr. Soc. Nov 4, 1-9. 
    5. Pahlich, S., Zakaryan, R.P. and Gehring., H. (2006) Biochim, Biophys. Acta. 1764, 1890-1903. PMID: 17010682
    • What Is Epigenetics?

      If all cells are created from the same genetic material, why are there so many different cell types? Listen to Sriharsa Pradhan, Senior Scientist, RNA Biology at NEB, as he describes how DNA is methylated and how this affects the path of reading the DNA code the same way an obstruction would derail a train off its tracks.

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    Epigenetics includes these areas of focus:

    Restriction Enzymes for Epigenetics
    DNA Methylation Analysis
    5-hmC Detection & Analysis
    Methylated DNA Analysis
    Bisulfite Conversion
    Histones & Nucleosome Assembly
    DNA Enrichment
    Antibodies
    Control DNA for Epigenetics
    ChIP
    Histone Methyltransferases

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      Publications related to Epigenetics:

    1. Wolff, E.M. et al. (2011) Hypomethylation of a LINE-1 Promoter Activates an Alternate Transcript of the MET Oncogene in Bladders with Cancer PLoS Genet. 6, 4:e1000917. PubMedID: 20421991, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000917