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The Y chromosome has genome-wide influences over chromatin structure and gene regulation

The Y chromosome has genome-wide influences over chromatin structure and gene regulation

In mammals, the Y chromosome is responsible for determining the male sex by initiating the development of male-specific gonad tissues. Hormones, produced and secreted by the sex organs, are vital for initiating and maintaining sexual dimorphisms. However, differences seen between the sexes are not solely derived from hormones. In fact, …

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SNP-SNP here, SNP-SNP there, everywhere a SNP-SNP, old McDonald had a GWAS……

SNP-SNP here, SNP-SNP there, everywhere a SNP-SNP, old McDonald had a GWAS……

Gerhard A. Coetzee, Wange Lu, Peggy Farnham USC Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revealed numerous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) where allelic frequencies differ between cases and controls of many complex diseases (NHGRI GWA Catalog). In the last decade 6,696 genetic associations of 598 traits have been reported in 16,770 papers (up …

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AACR Special Conference on Chromatin and Epigenetics in Cancer

The advancements in Next-Generation sequencing technology have recently helped researchers uncover the importance of epigenetic modifying enzymes in many human cancers.  Numerous different cancer cells contain mutations in genes that encode histone-modifying enzymes and chromatin-remodeling factors, leading scientists and doctors to conclude that misregulated epigenetic processes are of central importance …

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You can take a gene out of context, but can you take context out of a gene?

A gene’s precise chromatin context profoundly affects its regulation. For example, genes located near nucleosomes containing acetylated histones are generally actively transcribed. By contrast, genes located near nucleosomes containing histones methylated at specific lysine residues are usually transcriptionally repressed. But is the opposite also true? Do specific gene sequences affect …

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Summary of Keystone Symposium: Epigenetic Marks and Cancer Drugs

In order for each of the cells of our bodies to stay healthy, gene expression must be controlled in a tightly regulated fashion. DNA is packaged around histone proteins, and a diverse set of enzymes are responsible for adding or removing specific post-translational modifications, or epigenetic marks, to histone tails. …

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Dietary Epigenetics, Chemoprevention, and Green Tea Cupcakes

EpiBeat is excited to have Nikki write this guest post for us!  Nikki started her blog Scientifically Delicious about a year ago to write about the intersection between two of her passions: science and cooking.  She uses her background in biology to explain recent news and findings about food and …

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Does defective binding of 5-hmC by MeCP2 contribute to Rett syndrome?

DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that plays an important role in gene expression. Aberrant changes of DNA methylation in the genome are associated with many epigenetic-related neurological disorders. However, the mechanism by which DNA methylation affects chromatin structure and gene expression is not completely understood. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2, (MeCP2), …

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How To Silence Your Neighbor – Tips From A Transposon

Did you know that nearly half of our DNA consists of transposable elements?  Until recently, this was believed to be a product of transposon duplication and random insertion into the genome.  Estécio et al. recently proposed a new model suggesting that the distribution of transposable elements may not be random, …

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