Aging, Environment, & DiseaseDNA Methylation and HydroxymethylationHistone Modifications

Put down that water bottle! BPA Exposure Alters Epigenetic Profile in Neurons

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is present in many consumer products, including plastic bottles and other food and beverage containers.  Although BPA has been used routinely since the 1960s, exposure to BPA has recently gained a lot of attention due to its proposed effect on brain development. …

DNA Methylation and HydroxymethylationHistone ModificationsImprinting and Inheritance

Teamwork in silencing: histone modifications and DNA methylation

Histone tails that are exposed at the nucleosomal surface are targets for a multitude of covalent modifications, such as acetylation, methylation, and phosphorylation. These post-translational modifications have been shown to function as a ‘histone code’ that coordinates the recruitment of effector proteins and regulates chromatin structure, gene expression, and genome …

Chromatin StructureDevelopmental Biology & Stem CellsHistone Modifications

Chromatin Density Matters

Histone methylation mediated by polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is involved in numerous biological processes, including cell differentiation, proliferation, and stem cell plasticity. Enhancer of Zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), a subunit of PRC2, is a histone methyltransferase that specifically methylates histone H3 on lysine 27 (H3K27) and regulates polycomb gene …

5mC and 5hmC
Developmental Biology & Stem CellsDNA Methylation and Hydroxymethylation

Maternal instincts: Protection of 5mC?

DNA modification by 5-methylcytosine (5mC) was the only recognized DNA modification for many years in mammals and 5mC plays important roles in cell differentiation and development. Recently, a novel 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) DNA modification has been reported and the balance between 5mC and 5hmC in the genome is a critical step …