Shaping the oligodendrocyte identity by epigenetic control

Yang Yu, Patrizia Casaccia, Q. Richard Lu

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Abstract

Cell diversity in the central nervous system (CNS) is achieved by a highly regulated process of differentiation from multipotential neural stem cells. The spatial specificity and timing control of neural differentiation is achieved by the interplay between various genetic and epigenetic regulators. Oligodendrocytes, the myelinating cell in the CNS, play an important role in brain development and neuronal function. At present, multiple signaling pathways have been implicated in regulating in oligodendrocyte differentiation, however, the integration of these pathways with transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulatory networks are not fully understood. This review will focus on exploiting epigenetic mechanisms underlying oligodendrocyte development including chromatin remodeling by histone deacetylases and gene silencing by non-coding RNAs (e.g., microRNA), and attempts to summarize the recent advance as to the genetic and epigenetic interaction in controlling oligodendroglial differentiation and myelination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalEpigenetics
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

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Oligodendroglia
Epigenomics
Central Nervous System
Untranslated RNA
Histone Deacetylases
Chromatin Assembly and Disassembly
Neural Stem Cells
Gene Silencing
MicroRNAs
Brain

Keywords

  • Chromatin
  • HAT
  • HDAC
  • miRNA
  • Myelination
  • Non-coding RNA
  • Oligodendrocyte
  • Transcriptional repressors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Medicine(all)

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Shaping the oligodendrocyte identity by epigenetic control. / Yu, Yang; Casaccia, Patrizia; Richard Lu, Q.

In: Epigenetics, Vol. 5, No. 2, 02.2010, p. 124-128.

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Yu, Y, Casaccia, P & Richard Lu, Q 2010, 'Shaping the oligodendrocyte identity by epigenetic control', Epigenetics, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 124-128. https://doi.org/10.4161/epi.5.2.11160
Yu, Yang ; Casaccia, Patrizia ; Richard Lu, Q. / Shaping the oligodendrocyte identity by epigenetic control. In: Epigenetics. 2010 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 124-128.
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