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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

Metabolism and Epigenetics Play Role in Cancer Development

Mar. 24, 2017 — A new study investigated how epigenetics can modulate human's genetic program -- it can emphasize or silence genes. The new research shows that if epigenetics is disrupted, it might switch on ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — A new article explains that RNA also has its own spelling and grammar, just like DNA. These 'epigenetics of RNA' are called ... read more

DNA Labels Predict Mortality

Mar. 20, 2017 — Methyl labels in the DNA regulate the activity of our genes and, thus, have a great influence on health and disease. Scientists have now revealed that an altered methylation status at only 10 ... read more

Epigenetic Alteration a Promising New Drug Target for Heroin Use Disorder

Mar. 14, 2017 — The past few years have seen an explosion of heroin abuse and deaths from opiate overdose. But little is known about the molecular underpinnings of heroin addiction. A new study has found that heroin ... read more

Protein 'Reader' ENL Tied to Common Leukemia

Mar. 1, 2017 — Anyone who uses an employee badge to enter a building may understand how a protein called ENL opens new possibilities for treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of bone marrow ... read more

Sons of Cocaine-Using Fathers Have Profound Memory Impairments

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by ... read more

New Mechanisms of Gene Inactivation May Prevent Aging and Cancer

Feb. 23, 2017 — Every cell in our body contains the complete DNA library. So-called methyl groups regulate that in body tissues only the genetic information is expressed that is indeed needed in this tissue. Now, ... read more

Obesity Reprograms Muscle Stem Cells

Feb. 22, 2017 — Obesity is associated with reduced muscle mass and impaired metabolism. Epigenetic changes that affect the formation of new muscle cells may be a contributing factor, according to new ... read more

Unique Mapping of Methylome in Insulin-Producing Islets

Jan. 30, 2017 — Throughout our lives, our genes are affected by the way we live. Diet, exercise, age and diseases create imprints that are stored in something called methylome. Now, for the first time, researchers ... read more

Prenatal Infection May Alter Brain Development Via Epigenetic Changes

Jan. 24, 2017 — Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk for psychiatric disorders in the child, but the path between the two is something of a mystery. Scientists have now used a mouse model to show ... read more

Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer 'Reprogrammed' for Malignancy

Jan. 16, 2017 — Metastatic pancreatic cancer -- cancer that has spread from the pancreas to other tissues and is responsible for most patient deaths -- changes its metabolism and is 'reprogrammed' for ... read more

Surprise Advance in the Treatment of Adult Cancers

Jan. 11, 2017 — An epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat linked to alcohol and tobacco use was identified. This discovery was unexpected since it seemed highly ... read more

Epigenetic Changes Promote Development of Fatty Liver in Mouse and Human

Jan. 9, 2017 — Mice with a strong tendency to obesity already exhibit epigenetic changes at six weeks of age, inducing the liver to amplify its production of the enzyme DPP4 and release it into the circulation. ... read more

Experimental Therapy for Prader-Willi Syndrome Shows Promise in Mice

Dec. 26, 2016 — Drugs capable of activating silenced genes improve survival and growth outcomes in a mouse model of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a rare and incurable childhood ... read more

Overweight Affects DNA Methylation

Dec. 22, 2016 — The extra pounds you gain during the holidays will not only show up on your hips but will also affect your DNA, concludes a large-scale international study. The study shows that a high BMI leads to ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — The complex process regulating gene expression is often compared to following a recipe. Miss a genetic ingredient, or add it in the wrong order, and you could have a disaster on your ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Scientists have rolled back time for live mice through systemic cellular reprogramming, according to a new study. In mice carrying a mutation leading to premature aging, reprogramming of chemical ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Researchers have discovered new insights into how one of the two X-chromosomes is silenced during the development of female human embryos and also in lab-grown stem cells. X-chromosome silencing is ... read more

Infections During Pregnancy Have a Negative Impact Upon Maternal Care, Can Trigger Depression in Child

Dec. 15, 2016 — A viral infection in a pregnant woman not only affects her subsequent ability to provide maternal care but can also trigger depression in her offspring, which can then even extend into the next ... read more

Rare Obesity Syndrome Therapeutic Target Identified

Dec. 13, 2016 — An enzyme deficiency in the brain is linked to Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition that causes extreme hunger and severe obesity beginning in childhood, scientists have ... read more

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