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Sex Influences Brain Aging by Impacting DNA Methylation

Sex Influences Brain Aging by Impacting DNA Methylation

While sex differences across aging and in the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases are well documented, relatively little data is available that compares sex-specific epigentic changes in the aging brain.1  Recent studies have identified specific loci with age-realted hyper- or hypo- methylation changes in liver, lung, and heart – but no …

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DNA methylation is as active mark of aging and age-related cognitive impairment in the medial prefrontal cortex

DNA Methylation is as Active Mark of Aging and Cognitive Impairment

Aging and age-related cognitive decline have been reported to be associated to transcriptomic alterations related to neural activity, synaptic plasticity and inflammation in specific brain regions, including the hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC).1-4  Furthermore, previous epigenetic studies indicate that DNA methylation in the hippocampus is linked to cognitive …

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Mitochondrial epigenetics neurodegeneration

Mitochondrial Epigenetics and Neurodegeneration

Mitochondrial impairment is a feature of neurodegeneration and many investigators have suggested that epigenetic modifications of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) might occur in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and other neurodegenerative conditions, but evidence in humans is limited. There is accumulating evidence of epigenetic modifications in samples from patients …

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Epigenetics and Obesity

Epigenetic Marks Associated to Severe Obesity

There is growing evidence that DNA methylation might contribute to obesity. Candidate gene methylation studies in animal models and humans have demonstrated methylation changes in promoters of various genes that are implicated in obesity, appetite control and/or metabolism, insulin signaling, immunity, growth and circadian clock regulation. Severe obesity in children …

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CHL1 hypermethylation

CHL1 Hypermethylation in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer among women and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide (1-3). It is a clinically heterogeneous disease, with at least 5 different subtypes (4) and quite variable prognosis, even within a subtype. In spite of early detection programmes, unfortunately 20-30% …

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Fibrosis radiation therapy epigenetics

Epigenetic Predisposition to Radiation Fibrosis

Radiotherapy is a highly efficient treatment for many cancers including breast cancer. Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), a relatively new type of radiation therapy, has proven successful as a curative treatment for early cancer stages. However, in spite of great improvements in dose delivery and imaging technology, unwanted exposure of healthy tissue …

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Transient Imprinting of Genes in the Human Placenta

Transient Imprinting of Genes in the Human Placenta

When the fertilization occurs, the maternal and paternal pronuclei have thousands of opposite methylated regions. Most of this germline methylation are resolved during the postfertilization epigenetic reprogramming by active mechanism for the sperm-derived methylated regions and depending on DNA replication for the oocyte-derived ones. There is a subset of regions …

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Epigenetic Diagnostics

Epigenetic Diagnostics: Locus-specific DNA Methylation Testing Poised for Clinical Impact

Precision medicine holds great potential to make a direct positive impact in the clinic. A growing number of diagnostic panels addressing a list of disease indications are now available for testing. Currently most tests are designed for genetic analysis of sample DNA to help inform treatment decisions. With a few …

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